Florida Tech Panthers Finish Third in Thanksgiving Tournament After Defeating Trevecca Nazarene 83-51
By Will Thornhill, Florida Tech News Bureau // November 28, 2022
Thanksgiving Tournament at the Clemente Center
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – In its second game in as many days, Florida Tech hosted Trevecca Nazarene in the Thanksgiving Tournament at the Clemente Center.
The Panthers bounced back from their opening loss of the year with an 83-51 win over the Trojans.
Right out of the gate Florida Tech jumped out to an 8-0 run capped off by a Niall Harris dunk. Russell had a strong start to the game for the Panthers, drilling a 3-pointer to give his team a 23-9 lead.
Russell drove on a fast break to push the Panther’s lead to 33-17 with 5:27 remaining. A 3-pointer and two consecutive free throws from Sean Houpt ended the half with Tech leading 45-22.
As it did in the first half, the Panthers started the second period strong on a 9-2 run to push the lead to 55-26. The Trojans did not give up battling to get within 20 points at the 8:19 mark of the second half.
Florida Tech responded immediately with their own 16-0 run to put the game away. Capping off a successful afternoon for the Panthers was George Nehma with a breakaway dunk in the final minute of the ball game.
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