Florida Tech Panthers Secure Win Over Nova Southeastern 98-90, Majors and Anderson Combine For 46
By Florida Tech // December 4, 2016
Panthers Improve to 7-3 (3-1)
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Last season, Florida Tech suffered a pair of close defeats at the hands of Nova Southeastern. The Panthers made sure 2016-17 would sing a different tune Saturday, using a hot first half from behind the three point line to help secure a 98-90 victory over the Sharks at the Clemente Center.
The Panthers were on fire from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes, burying 11 of 18 attempts for a sizzling percentage of 61.1. Jordan Majors was a catalyst to that performance, knocking down four of his five three balls, while Patrick Anderson and Sam Daniel each hit a pair.
The backcourt of Majors and Anderson was the difference for FIT, as Majors led the team with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Anderson wasn’t too shabby either, tallying 20 points to go along with eight dimes and four boards. The duo also displayed their conditioning, playing every second of the 40 minutes.
Robert Booth pitched in 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting, while also pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists. Daniel was uncharacteristically cold from the floor but still managed to put up 11 points and seven boards.
For NSU, Harrison Goodrick was a force with 29 points on 11 of 17 shooting, while also snagging 13 rebounds. Troy Spears knocked down four threes on the way to 19 points, while Gerard Tarin posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards.
Interestingly, after the opening bucket the score was never tied. The two teams traded blows early on with the lead changing hands nine times in the first half. However, with 11:43 to go in the opening stanza, Majors drilled a three to give the Panthers a one-point lead that they would never relinquish.
The Panthers built the lead to as big as 12 in the first half but NSU closed the period on a 5-0 run to dwindle the advantage down to seven heading into the break.
Majors took over in the second half, recording 14 points and grabbing three steals. The Panthers also hit 13 of 16 free throw attempts in the second half to thwart any hopes the Sharks had of a comeback.
The Sharks cut the FIT lead down to as little as three early on in the second half but the Panthers responded with a 16-3 run to push the advantage out to a game-high 16 points. During that run Majors and Anderson teamed up to score 11 of the 16 points.
NSU got the lead back down to five with a little over a minute to go but FIT closed out the game strong, knocking down its free throws to hold the Sharks at bay.
Action picks back up for the Panthers next Saturday, travelling to Tampa, Florida for a meeting with Sunshine State Conference rival Tampa at 4 p.m. ET.
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