VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Florida Tech Men Fall at Home, Lady Panthers End 2017 on Winning Note
By Michael Craig, Florida Tech Sports // December 31, 2017
Men fall to 6-7 overall, women now 6-5
ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech men’s basketball team was unable to recover from a cold shooting day and fell to Sunshine State Conference foe Palm Beach Atlantic, 93-79, at the Clemente Center on Saturday afternoon.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — The Florida Tech men’s basketball team was unable to recover from a cold shooting day and fell to Sunshine State Conference foe Palm Beach Atlantic, 93-79, at the Clemente Center on Saturday afternoon.
FIT is now 6-7 overall and 1-4 in SSC play. The Panthers drop to 0-3 in conference home games this season. PBA improves its record to 9-8 and 3-3 in the SSC.
Sam Daniel led Florida Tech with 24 points and five rebounds. Jordan Majors added 21 points, five boards and three assists and Richard Coil registered his fourth straight game with a double-double, seventh of the season, on 18 points and 10 rebounds.
In his first appearance of the year, Patrick Anderson ended with three points, four assists, four steals, three rebounds and two blocks.
Jules Jasmin guided PBA with a game-high 27 points. Marshall Riddle and De’Ondre Jackson scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
PBA held the Panthers to its third-worst shooting game of the season at 42.6 percent (26-for-61) and a season-low 19.4 percent (6-for-31) from long range. The six made three-pointers was also a season low. PBA outscored FIT 46-38 in the paint and 45-3 in bench points. The Panthers won the rebounding battle, 35-33.
Florida Tech will close out 2017 with a New Years Eve showdown with Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. Fans can access links to live coverage at FloridaTechSports.
Lady Panthers End 2017 on a Winning Note With 54-53 Victory
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights of the Lady Panthers 54-53 win and Steve Wilson of the Friday Night Locker Room and Space Coast Daily interviews Tee Richardson and Gudlaug Juliusdottir following the game.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — After an 11-day break, Florida Tech (6-5, SSC 3-2) returned to conference action on the home hardwood of the Clemente Center to rout Palm Beach Atlantic (1-11, SSC 0-6) in a one-point nail-biter, 54-53.
Florida Tech shot 32.8 percent (19-of-58) from the field and recorded a game-best 28.6 percent shooting from behind the arc. Defensively, the Panthers held PBA’s bench to just 11 points and out-rebounded the Sailfish 44-40 to mark the fifth straight game this season that Florida Tech has won the battle of the boards.
Running the offense, sophomore Tanease Richardson knocked down a season-high 16 points on a 7-for-14 shooting performance, which was followed by five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 19 minutes of action.
Senior Kailyn Ebb and junior Gracie Doane sank 12 points each. Senior Markeema Crawford tallied a team-high 11 rebounds, and sophomore Gudlaug Juliusdottir registered a team-best four assists.
Florida Tech opened up a quick 11-4 lead at the 6:51 mark of the first quarter, which included scoring efforts from three different players. After Palm Beach stopped the scoring spree with two baskets of its own, Doane sank a three-pointer to extend the Panthers’ advantage to 15-8 with 3:32 left in the opening period.
The Panthers widened their margin to 10 points on a layup by Richardson to conclude the first, 17-10 and they led by three at the break, 35-32
Following the half, Palm Beach went on an 11-4 run to tie the game. and for the most part, the two teams traded buckets the rest of the way. Doane knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to push the FIT advantage to 44-37 with 1:34 left in the third.
The Panthers lead was cut to one late in the fourth quarter after the Sailfish drained four consecutive baskets. But the defense stiffened to hold on and win 54-53.
Next up, Florida Tech will host Florida Southern on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET. For tickets and live coverage of the event, fans can access FloridaTechSports.com.
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