Florida Tech Men’s Basketball Finish Last Week 3-0, Win Fourth Straight Thanksgiving Classic
By Florida Tech Sports // November 28, 2017
Will Host Lynn Wednesday Night in SSC Play
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — After a rough start to the season that saw the Florida Tech Men’s basketball team begin 0-4, the Panthers have now reeled off three straight wins, including capturing their fourth straight Thanksgiving Classic last weekend at the Clemente Center.
Florida Tech routed Union, 97-77 before a large home crowd in the championship game. Senior Jordan Majors led the Panthers with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. It was his first 30-point game of the season.
Fellow senior Sam Daniel added 25 points on 8-for-11 shooting and seven rebounds.
“Jordan had a monster game for us despite being a little under the weather the past few days, it was great to see him bounce-back in a big way,” stated head coach Billy Mims.
“Sam was also big for us in today’s game. He was not as efficient in yesterday’s win but today he was very efficient, making 8-of-11 in the game. “I believe both guys could be All-American candidates this season and they played like it this weekend.”
Junior Richard Coil recorded 15 points and four rebounds in the contest, while senior Michael Milligan registered 10 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Valur Valsson was also impressive in the game, dishing out a game-high 10 assists to go along with eight points and three rebounds.
The Crimson and Gray made 51.5 percent from the field in the contest and 38.9 percent of their three-point attempts. Union hit 49.2 percent of its shots and 31.3 percent from behind the arc. Florida Tech finished with more rebounds, 34-27, second chance points, 10-5, and scored 28 points off 14 Bulldog turnovers.
To reach the championship game the Panthers took out Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 84-77, in the semifinals of the Thanksgiving Classic on Friday evening at the Clemente Center.
In that contest, Richard Coil paced the Crimson and Gray with 22 points, on 10-for-13 shooting, and 21 rebounds, both career-highs.
Sam Daniel registered 24 points and eight rebounds. Darius Wright added a career-best 18 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc and three free throws. Michael Milligan recorded 10 points, six assists and four rebounds and Jordan Majors tallied nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Last Tuesday the Panthers picked up its first win of the season against Johnson and Wales by riding its high-powered offense to a 107-67 blowout win over the Wildcats at the Clemente Center.
In that contest, five Panthers reached double-figures in the victory.
Jordan Majors led the way with 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting and a 7-for-7 performance at the free throw line to go along with six assists. Sam Daniel finished with 22 points, his fifth 20-plus point game of the season, while Michael Milligan recorded a season-best 20 points and five rebounds.
Florida Tech will look to continue its momentum as it resumes Sunshine State Conference play this week, hosting Lynn on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Clemente Center.
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