Florida Tech Panthers Fall On Road To Florida Southern 98-90, Fall To 3-4 In Conference Play
By Mitch Praxl, Assistant Athletic Communications Director // January 12, 2017
PATRICK ANDERSON LEADS FIT WITH 25-POINTS
LAKELAND, FLORIDA– Florida Tech shot 37.8 percent from the floor in the second half Wednesday night and typically on the road in the Sunshine State Conference that is not going to cut it.
Things were no different for the Panthers against the Moccasins of Florida Southern as FIT dropped a 98-90 decision at the Jenkins Fieldhouse.
Patrick Anderson put forth a valiant effort to try to keep the Panthers close, scoring 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second stanza on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 4-for-4 effort at the line.
In total, the junior guard converted half of his 16 attempts and pitched in four assists and four steals.
Sam Daniel made just four of his 11 shots but drained all seven of his free throws to finish the nights with 16 points.
Jordan Majors and Derek Murphy also had off shooting nights but still managed to post 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Jarel Spellman and Michael Volovic torched FIT for 22 and 20 points, respectively. Spellman was an efficient 9-of-14 from the field while Volovic was white hot from three, knocking down five of his seven attempts.
In addition to putting up 12 points, Jack Rauch cleaned the glass with 12 boards for a double-double.
The Panthers got off to a quick start, recording the game’s first seven points. In fact, Florida Tech dominated the early minutes of the game, building its lead to as much as 23-13 at the 13:57 mark. However, FSC quickly closed that gap to 24-22 just three and a half minutes later.
The rest of the first half was a back and forth affair closed just a little stronger to control a 46-40 lead.
FIT kept things close at the beginning of the second half but a 9-0 burst put the Mocs in control at 67-54 with 10:33 to go in the game. That lead ballooned to 75-58 a few minutes later and from there it was always going to be an uphill battle for FIT.
The Panthers did get the deficit back down to single digits with a pair of free throws from Daniel with 48 seconds to go but by then it was too-little-too-late as FIT dropped to 3-4 in conference play.
Florida Tech remains on the road Saturday, travelling to West Palm Beach, Florida for a clash with provisional SSC member Palm Beach Atlantic at 4 p.m. Links to live video, audio and stats are available at FloridaTechSports.com
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