VIDEO: Jordan Majors Scores 30-Points in Panthers 93-87 Win Over Shawnee State in Winter Classic
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // December 20, 2017
Panthers now 6-6 on the year, off until Dec 30
ABOVE VIDEO: The Florida Tech men’s basketball team won its third game in a row, defeating Shawnee State, 93-87, in the final game of the Winter Classic on Tuesday evening at the Clemente Center..
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — The Florida Tech men’s basketball team won its third game in a row, defeating Shawnee State, 93-87, in the final game of the Winter Classic on Tuesday evening at the Clemente Center.
The victory moves the Panthers (6-6) to .500 for the first time this season, while the Bears fall to 8-5 on the year.
Jordan Majors led Florida Tech with his most complete performance of the season. The senior filled up the stat sheet, recording a game-high 30 points on 13-for-21 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Richard Coil produced his third straight double-double, finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Sam Daniel eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 11th time this season, ending the game with 24 points and six rebounds. Valur Valsson was just one assist shy of notching his third double-double of the year with 10 points, nine assists and five rebounds.
The Panthers shot 53.6 percent (37-for-69) against the Bears, including an impressive 75.9 percent (22-for-29) in the second half alone, and 42.9 percent (12-for-28) from beyond the arc.
SSU made 49.2 percent (31-for-63) of their shot attempts and 48.1 percent (13-for-27) from long range.
ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech’s R.J. Coil talks with Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson after recording a double-double in the Panthers win over Shawnee State in the Winter Classic.
Florida Tech ended with a narrow edge in rebounding, 34-33, and outscored Shawnee State in the paint, 42-26, and off turnovers, 17-12.
The Bears jumped out to an early 10-2 advantage following consecutive three pointers by Bryan Rolfe, who ended with 16 points. FIT tied the game at 12-12 on a trey by Daniel with 14:33 left in the first half.
Less than six minutes later, the Panthers found themselves trailing the Bears, 29-23, after a three-point play by SSU’s Justin Johnson with 8:43 remaining. However, FIT outscored the Shawnee State 15-6 the rest of the half and took a 38-35 lead into the break.
Similar to the first half, the next 20 minutes was highly contested between the two teams. A three-pointer by Coil tied the game at 54-54 but it was quickly answered by a layup from E.J.
Onu that gave the Bears a two point lead with 13:26 left. At that point the Panthers’ offense finally hit its stride ensuing on a 22-13 run to grab a 10-point advantage with 6:35 to go.
With his team trying to hold on to a slim lead in the waning minutes, Majors put the Panthers on his back and willed them to victory. He scored 10 of Florida Tech’s 14 points over the final 5:14 to help hold off the Bears and earn the six-point victory.
Florida Tech returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 30, hosting Palm Beach Atlantic in Sunshine State Conference action at the Clemente Center. Tip-off between the Panthers and Sailfish is set for 4 p.m. ET.
Fans can access live coverage of the action at FloridaTechSports.com/live.
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