Florida Tech Drops Road Game at Eckerd College 90-78, Extends Panthers’ Losing Streak to Five Games

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0-11: Florida Tech's record in road games this year

The road woes continued for Florida Tech on Wednesday night as the Panthers fell to Eckerd College 90-78 in SSC action at the McArthur Center. (FIT Image)

 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – The road woes continued for Florida Tech on Wednesday night as the Panthers fell to Eckerd College 90-78 in SSC action at the McArthur Center.

The Crimson & Gray have now lost five in a row and are 0-11 in games played away from the Clemente Center. Eckerd ended a five-game losing streak in the game.

Runako Ziegler led all players with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. He also recorded four assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Sesan Russell tallied 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Russell made all seven of his free throws in the game. Derek Murphy scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds while Jalen Hodges finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, two rebounds and two steals.

Florida Tech shot 47% (29-of-62) from the field and made 6-of-22 (27%) from long range and 14-of-17 (82%) at the free-throw line.

The Tritons hit 34-of-64 (53%) shots including 12-of-22 (55%) from three and 10-of-12 (83%) at the charity stripe.

Sesan Russell tallied 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Russell made all seven of his free throws in the game. (FIT Image)

The Panthers were defeated despite protecting the ball well and controlling many of the key scoring statistics. Tech had just 10 turnovers in the game and forced EC into 16, which turned into 23 points for Billy Mims’ squad. Florida Tech also led in points in the paint (44-38), bench points (42-17) and fast-break points (17-4). The Tritons controlled the rebounding battle 41-27.

A slow start by the Panthers allowed Eckerd to get off to a strong start leading 10-3 just over four minutes into the game. The Tritons knocked down treys on three consecutive possessions to push their advantage to 26-11 at the 11:09 mark.

Tech ensued on an 18-11 run and trimmed the margin to eight following a pair of free throws by Trey Schaneville with 4:42 to go in the half. Eckerd responded with a 9-0 run to draw ahead 46-29 with 1:37 remaining.

A three by Murphy and then a layup by Niall Harris concluded the first-half scoring and the Panthers went into halftime trailing 46-34. Ziegler was the top scorer for Tech with 11 points at the intermission.

The Tritons increased their lead to 17 early in the second half. The Panthers countered with a 22-10 run, which was capped by consecutive fast-break layups by Ziegler that cut Tech’s deficit to 61-56 with 11:07 to go in regulation.

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Eckerd answered with its own 24-10 run that made the score 85-66 with just over four minutes left on the clock. With the game out of reach, Florida Tech was still able to close the game on a 12-5 run to decrease the final margin to 12. The win splits the season series between the Panthers and Tritons with both teams winning their home games.

Florida Tech is back in action this Saturday, Feb. 15, as the Panthers return home to the friendly confines of the Clemente Center for an SSC matchup with Embry-Riddle. Tip-off against the Eagles is set for 4 p.m.

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech men’s basketball team, visit FloridaTechSports.com.

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