Titans Aim For 15 Straight Tonight vs. Palm Beach State

By  //  January 14, 2015

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Ranked #7 in the nation by the NJCAA Division I poll

With its highest national ranking in years in hand much is at stake for Eastern Florida State College’s men’s basketball team on Wednesday.( EFSC image )

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With its highest national ranking in years in hand much is at stake for Eastern Florida State College’s men’s basketball team on Wednesday.

The Titans, ranked seventh in the nation in the NJCAA Division I poll, host Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference foe Palm Beach State College Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Melbourne Campus gym.

Admission is free.

The Titans, also ranked second in Florida, are 18-1 overall with a 14-game winning streak. They are 1-0 in the conference and have won 41 straight games at home.

Palm Beach, ranked seventh in Florida, comes in at 16-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference, having lost 77-74 to Broward College (2-0) and defeated Indian River State 85-54.

Eastern Florida opened its conference schedule with an 83-56 victory at Indian River.

Jeremy Shulman
Jeremy Shulman

“Wednesday is a big time matchup between two outstanding teams, who also happen to be rivals,” said Eastern Florida head coach Jeremy Shulman.

It’s a great opportunity, hosting an exciting game like this in Melbourne, and we hope the entire community will come out and support us.

In conjunction we are recognizing and honoring the Public Safety Department here on campus, and titling it Public Safety Day at the game. We expect a great crowd for this exciting matchup.”

Eastern Florida has four players averaging double figures in scoring. Sophomore guard Demetrius McReynolds leads at 14.8 points per game. Classmate Kyle Meyer is at 13.5; freshman Djordje Beronja at 13.1 and sophomore Jermohn Queen at 10.2.

Kyle Meyer
Kyle Meyer

Kyle Meyer leads in rebounding at 7.5 per game. Classmate Payton Hulsey, who recorded the first triple-double in Shulman’s tenure at Eastern Florida in the game against Indian River, is second at 7.3 and Beronja third at 6.9.

Rebounding has been a strength for the Titans. They are ranked seventh nationally in offensive rebounds per game at 18.5; 24th in defensive rebounds per game at 30.4; eighth in total rebounds per game at 48.9 and fourth in rebound margin per game at 32.5.

Hulsey leads the Titans in assists per game at 4.4 and shares the lead in steals with freshman Daishon Smith at 2.1. Meyer leads in blocks at 1.5.

McReynolds leads in minutes played at 27.9 per game.

Palm Beach has three players averaging double figures in scoring: Sophomore Jarrel Marshall leads at 17.7; classmates Bobby Conley and Fabian McDonald are at 10.9 and 10.2 respectively.

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Marshall leads in rebounding at 7.2. Sophomore Kelsley Wilkinson leads in assists at 4.4.

Beyond Wednesday, Eastern Florida travels to Kendall for a 2 p.m.

Saturday tip-off against Miami Dade College and hosts Indian River at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the first of three games to be telecast live on WEFS-TV and streamed on the Internet.