Booth Hits Late Game Winner, Panthers Sweep Nova Southeastern With 75-74 Road Victory
By Mitch Praxl, Assistant Athletic Communications Director // February 5, 2017
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Robert Booth knocked down a game winning jumper with five seconds remaining and Florida Tech (12-10, 5-8 SSC) slipped past Nova Southeastern (5-16, 2-12 SSC) for a 75-74 road victory in Sunshine State Conference action Saturday.
The win gives the Panthers the season sweep of the Sharks.
This was Booth’s best game of the season, as the senior finished with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a season-high 17 rebounds.
Patrick Anderson also secured a double-double on a team-high 19 points and 11 boards. Derek Murphy and Jordan Majors netted 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Harrison Goodrick paced NSU with 25 points and 15 rebounds and Dwayne Gibson added 24 points.
It was a back-and-forth affair between the teams through much of the first half until the Sharks went on a 10-1 run, capped by a three-pointer by Troy Spears, to open up a 29-18 advantage with five minutes remaining in the half.
NSU’s lead increased to as much as 12 points but Booth’s put-back with 17 seconds left cut Florida Tech’s deficit to 39-29 heading into halftime.
The Panthers opened the second half on fire scoring 14 of the first 18 points to tie the ball game at 43-43 at the 15:57 mark.
Threes on consecutive possessions by Sam Daniel and Anderson helped FIT take its first lead since eight minutes remaining in the first half.
FIT held the lead until 3:27 remaining on the clock when Pat Huffine gave NSU a 62-61 edge. Goodrick then pushed the Sharks’ advantage to 74-70 with 43 seconds left.
However, the Panthers would quickly answer with a three-pointer by Daniel on the ensuing possession to cut the deficit back to one.
With NSU looking to run off the clock, Anderson stole the ball from Goodrick, raced up the court and found Booth for the game winning shot. The Sharks had a chance for their own last second basket but Spears’ attempt rattled off the rim as time expired.
Florida Tech will attempt to keep the positive momentum going when it hosts SSC foe Florida Southern on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Fans can access links to live coverage of the action at FloridaTechSports.com/live.
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