Panthers Square Off Against Tampa, 4 p.m. Tipoff
By Florida Tech Athletics Communications // January 10, 2015
Series record versus Tampa is tied 6-6
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech (10-3, 0-2 SSC) will vie for its first Sunshine State Conference win of the season on Saturday against Tampa (7-5, 1-2 SSC) at the Clemente Center.
The game, scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m., will begin 30 minutes after the 2 p.m. women’s game between the Panthers and Spartans.
Head-to-head FIT and Tampa are 6-6 in the last five years.
The last time the two teams squared off was when the Spartans eliminated the Panthers in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, 64-58, on March 6, 2014.
Corbin Jackson poured in 14 points and tore down 16 rebounds, while Akeem Johnson scored a game-high 17 points.
Head coach Billy Mims will look for the same effort from those two and the rest of the Panthers Saturday afternoon.
Jackson is coming off a 14-point, 10-rebound performance in Tuesday’s 72-70 win over Palm Beach Atlantic. He led five Panthers in double figures and registered five blocks. He is still leading all of NCAA Division II with 3.85 blocks per game and is second in total blocks with 50 heading into the game.
Having scored in double figures in nine of the team’s 13 games this season, Jermaine Jackson leads the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game.
Corbin Jackson is averaging one point less, Chris Carter is third on the team at 12.8 and true freshman Jordan Majors is fourth at 12.7. Corbin Jackson is once again approaching a double figure rebounding average at 9.5 boards per game.
Tampa notched a two-point win of its own on Wednesday at Eckerd, 72-70. Eugene McCrory, a senior transfer from UCF, scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-13 from the field and teammate Jordan Davis chipped in 21 points for the Spartans.
The game was tightly played throughout, but Tampa took the lead for good at the 3:49 mark of the second half.
McCrory leads the Spartans in scoring at 18.5 points per game.
Davis is second at 15.5 and Austin Rettig is third at 13.3. McCrory is also pacing the squad with 10.1 rebounds per game.
Jim Mitchelland Paul Van Scott will have the call.
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