Titans Split Games Saturday, Women Win and Men Fall
By Mark DeCotis // January 17, 2015
women’s basketball won its seventh straight game
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s women’s basketball team won its seventh straight game on Saturday defeating Palm Beach State College 66-55 in Lake Worth.
The victory moved Eastern Florida to 14-5 overall and 5-0 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference, maintaining first place.
Palm Beach fell to 6-14 and 3-2.
Next up for the Titans, who are ranked seventh in Florida, is a 5:30 p.m. Wednesday tip-off at St. Petersburg College.
Eastern Florida’s men’s basketball team rallied from eight points down in the second half but came up short in the end, losing 65-62 to Miami Dade College on Saturday in Kendall.
The Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference loss ended Eastern Florida’s 15-game winning streak dropping it to 19-2 overall and 2-1 in conference.
The loss also was the second consecutive for Eastern Florida in Kendall, the Titans falling 67-60 in February, 2014.
Miami Dade improved to 14-7 and 2-1.
Miami Dade led 62-54 with 4 minutes and 57 seconds to play but Eastern Florida clawed back to tie things st 62-62 with 1:14 to play on a layup by freshman Djordje Beronja.
Baskets by sophomores Payton Hulsey and Kyle Meyer and a layup off a steal by freshman Daishon Smith had brought Eastern Florida to within 62-60.
Beronja’s points would be it for the Titans while Miami Dade, which went the final 4:57 without scoring from the floor, converted on three free throws over the final 51 seconds while stifling the Titans offense.
The 62 points were the lowest total for the Titans this season.
Sophomores Meyer and Hulsey led Eastern Florida in scoring with 19 and 17 respectively.
Meyer played the majority of the second half with four fouls as did Beronja.
The first half ended at 34-34 as Eastern Florida freshman Jemohn Queen scored while falling to the floor just ticks before the buzzer.
Eastern Florida’s biggest lead of the first half was 12-8 at the 14:44 mark. Its only lead of the second half was 36-34 on two Hulsey free throws just seconds in.
Next up for the Titans is a 7 p.m. Wednesday conference game against Indian River State in Melbourne. Admission is free.