On a night when not much else went right for the Panthers, Sam Daniel eclipsed the school record for three-pointers on Wednesday, in an 89-75 Sunshine State Conference loss to the Florida Southern Moccasins at the Clemente Center. Daniel was 8-of-15 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.
Daniel put up a double-double, with 31 points and 10 rebounds. He went 4-for-5 from behind the arc and now has 212 career threes’, breaking the previous record of 212. Jordan Majors had 20 points and Patrick Anderson finished with 12 in only his third game of the season.
Brett Hanson was the leading scorer for Florida Southern with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. He just missed a double-double, with nine rebounds. Jonathan Lawton finished with 20 points and
The Panthers (6-8, 1-5 SSC) got off to a good start in this one, with Majors starting the night off with a dunk and the home team led 14-7 four minutes into the contest. A three by Daniel stretched the lead to 22-12 with 13:06 to go. Back-to-back three’s by Lawton and Trey Diggs cut the lead to 23-20 with 11:28 to go in the half.
Florida Southern (9-5, 3-3 SSC) eventually tied it at 33, thanks to a Hanson free-throw with 5:29 to go. Two Anderson free throws tied the game at 35 before Hanson and Diggs combined for two more three’s. A free-throw by Ben Marello gave the Mocs a 42-35 lead at the half.
Jack Rauch hit a three to start the second half for the Mocs. Majors answered with a three and a bucket by Daniel cut the deficit to 45-40. A three by Anderson got the Panthers to within four, at 49-45 with 16:10 to go. Daniel hit another triple with 13:36 to go, making it 54-50, but that Mocs would slowly start to pull away.
By the time there was 4:11 on the clock, it was a 79-62 lead for Florida Southern. Another three by Daniel kept the Panthers in it, cutting it to 79-71 with 3:09 to go, but the Mocs pulled away, building it back up to 16 before Nieja Jordan laid one in, making the final deficit 14.
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The Panthers shot 39.3 percent as a team from the field, while Florida Southern was good for 49.2 percent. The Panthers also lost the battle on the glass, 41-36 and outscored 11-2 on second-chance points.
The Panthers won’t have a lot of time to think about this loss as they will head to Barry on Saturday for another SSC game. The tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
**Credit Sports Information Director Daniel Supraner who provided the numbers on the school record Sam Daniel eclipsed in this game.