Florida Tech Falls Short Against Barry 95-90, Jordan Majors Leads Panthers With 32-Points

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Panthers Drop To 11-14, (6-11 SSC)

After trailing by double-digits to Barry (16-6, 12-5 SSC) on Wednesday, Florida Tech (11-14, 6-11 SSC) mounted a tremendous second half comeback and took its first lead of the game with less than 10 minutes to go. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – After trailing by double-digits to Barry (16-6, 12-5 SSC) on Wednesday, Florida Tech (11-14, 6-11 SSC) mounted a tremendous second half comeback and took its first lead of the game with less than 10 minutes to go.

However, it did not last long as the Sunshine State Conference-leading Bucs regained the lead moments later and then squeaked by for a 95-90 victory at the Clemente Center.

Jordan Majors led four Panthers in double-figures with 32 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Sam Daniel recorded 27 points on 9-for-12 shooting, 3-for-4 from long range, and made all six of his free throws. Daniel also had five rebounds and three assists in the game.

Richard Coil went shot 5-for-5 in the game on the way to his 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Milligan added 10 points for FIT.

The Crimson and Gray finished the contest at 33-for-60 (.550) shooting, including 7-for-21 (.333) behind the arc, and made 17-for-22 (.773) free throws. BU went 31-for-55 (.564) in the game and made 12-for-22 (.545) three-pointers and 21-for-23 (.913) from the line.

The Panthers controlled the inside against the Bucs and finished with an advantage in rebounding, 31-23, and points in the paint, 48-26.

BU jumped out to a 18-10 lead after a trey by Sawyer Glick, who had 14 points in the game, at 12:35 mark of the first half. The Bucs’ advantage reached 12 points, 35-23, with 4:22 to go in the stanza.

The Panthers outscored BU, 15-7, the remainder of the half and closed the gap to four points, 42-38, as the teams went into the break.

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Barry would grab control immediately out of the locker room and opened the second half with an 18-6 run to take its largest lead of the game, 60-44, with 14:26 remaining.

Coil’s three-pointer 22 seconds later not only ended FIT’s 0-for-10 drought from long range, but also halted the Bucs’ momentum and ignited a 25-4 run that gave the Panthers a 69-64 lead with 8:44 to go.

BU countered with a 9-0 spurt of its own to grab the lead back, 73-69, with 5:52 left on the clock. The Panthers would again answer and tied the game at 76-76 on a three by Daniel following the final media timeout.

Foul trouble and BU’s efficiency at the charity stripe plagued the Panthers the remainder of the contest as the visiting team was able to corral a six-point edge with 47 seconds to go and then hold on for the five-point victory. The loss drops the Panthers to ninth in the SSC standings with just three games remaining in the regular season.

Florida Tech will look to begin its fight back into playoff positioning when it travels to West Palm Beach, Florida this Saturday, Feb. 17, for a road test against Palm Beach Atlantic.

Tipoff for the matchup is set for 4 p.m. ET at Rubin Arena. Fans can access links to live coverage of the action at FloridaTechSports.com

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