Florida Tech Panthers Upset No. 4 Barry, 88-72
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // February 19, 2015
Majors 5-for-6 in Shooting
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech men’s basketball knocked off No. 4 Barry University 88-72 in a game the Panthers controlled from the onset on Wednesday at the Clemente Center.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 21-6 lead after a contested layup by Corbin Jackson. After that basket FIT went cold from the field and did not score a single point the next six minutes.
Barry used the scoreless stretch to cut away at Florida Tech’s lead.
At the end of the first half, the Buccaneers only trailed by seven points, 38-31.
Jordan Majors had an impressive first half of shooting for the Panthers, scoring 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
Chris Carter recorded 11 points and three assists in the first half. Corbin Jackson almost registered a double-double in the first half, putting up nine points in addition to eight rebounds.
Barry’s Arie Williams punished the Panthers from long range in the first half, going 4-for-5 from three-point range, finishing with 14 points in the first half.
Yunio Barrueta was strong on the glass in the half for the Buccaneers, snagging seven of his team’s 13 first half rebounds.
Florida Tech started the second half just like it did in the first, outscoring Barry 17-6, to go up 55-37.
Randy Echols pushed the Panthers’ lead to 19 off a great feed from Robert Booth to go up 59-40.
Jermaine Jackson added to Florida Tech’s lead with a stellar layup, ducking under the defenders block and finishing on the other side of the rim to push the game to 78-54.
With 4:52 left in the contest, the Panthers achieved their largest lead of the game, 25, off a layup by Majors.
“Jordan Majors and Jermaine Jackson just had a great game between the two of them,” said head coach Billy Mims.
“Jordan really stepped up and is playing like the kid we thought he would be. Jermaine just made shot after shot.”
FIT had five players finish in double figures.
Majors, after scoring a career-high 24 points against No. 1 Florida Southern in the team’s previous game, followed it up with 23 points against Barry.
Corbin Jackson recorded his 13th double-double of the season, with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Carter and Jermaine Jackson each added 14 points. Akeem Johnson notched 12 points for the Panthers.
Florida Tech did an exceptional job on both offense and defense against the Buccaneers, making 53.8 percent of its shots, while holding Barry to 35.7 percent.
“This was one of the best defensive performances I have ever seen from a Florida Tech team that I coached in 10 years,” said Mims.
“We held them to nine assists and forced 11 turnovers. We just defended well and executed well. We limited our turnovers to 13 for the game. And we shot great from the free throw line.”
Mims is very pleased with his team’s effort this week.
“Can’t be more proud of this team for the effort they gave on Saturday and today,” said Mims. “Within a span of five days, we played great against the No. 1 ranked team in the country and took them to overtime, and played the No. 4 ranked team and there was no mistake in tonight’s game.”
The Panthers look to continue to compete at this high level in their next game on Saturday, Feb. 21 as they play host to Nova Southeastern, a team FIT beat earlier this season 77-74.
Prior to the game, they will recognize the seniors of both teams as part of Senior Day.
Playing their final game in a FIT uniform will be Chris Carter, Jermaine Jackson, Akeem Johnson and George Meaden. Game time is 4 p.m. in the Clemente Center.
Live video, audio and stats will be available at FloridaTechSports.com/live