Panthers Continue Winning Ways Defeat Conference Foe Embry-Riddle on the Road, 80-63
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // January 18, 2018
Jordan Majors Leads the way again with 26-points
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA — Three Panthers scored in double-figures and the Florida Tech men’s basketball earned its fourth victory in a row, defeating Embry-Riddle, 80-63, on the road in Sunshine State Conference action at the ICI Center.
The Panthers (10-8, 5-5 SSC), who improved to .500 in league play for the first time this season, have now won four consecutive SSC road games. ERAU drops to 8-10 overall and 2-8 in the SSC.
Jordan Majors led FIT in scoring with 26 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including 4-for-8 behind the arc, to go along with seven rebounds. Valur Valsson tied a season-high with 17 points while dishing out six assists.
Sam Daniel recorded 16 points and seven boards and Richard Coil added eight points and 10 rebounds. Michael Milligan scored eight points off the bench for the Panthers.
Florida Tech made 33-for-69 (.478) from the field against the Eagles, including 35.3 percent from long range. ERAU finished with 40 percent (24-for-60) shooting and were limited to 5-for-25 from beyond the arc.
The Panthers ended the contest with a season-low six turnovers and scored 21 points off 16 ERAU turnovers. FIT outscored Embry-Riddle in the paint, 40-28, while the Eagles finished with more rebounds, 42-31.
Billy Mims’ squad got off to a fast start in the game and jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes of action. ERAU fought back and took an 11-10 edge with 13:30 to go in the first half. A tip-in by Milligan on a missed three-pointer by Daniel put the Panthers back ahead by eight, 26-18, at the 6:45 mark.
However, the Eagles closed the period on an 11-5 run and trimmed FIT’s lead to 31-29 at halftime.
The home team opened the second half on a 5-0 run to grab its largest lead of the game at 34-31. After giving up their advantage, the Panthers knocked down threes on four of their next six possessions to take a 49-43 edge with 13:24 remaining.
Florida Tech’s lead grew to 17 points on a layup by Majors with less than seven minutes to go. The Panthers then cruised the rest of the way, building their advantage to a game-high 19 points in the final minutes before eventually winning by 17 points. The margin of victory was the largest for FIT in an away game this season.
Florida Tech will look to continue its impressive road win streak when it travels to St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 20, for a conference bout with the Eckerd Tritons.
Tip-off for the matchup is set for 4 p.m. ET at the McArthur Center.
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