The Florida Tech Panthers played a forgettable basketball game on Saturday, losing to the Florida Southern Moccasins 101-71. The only saving grace for the Panthers was a 51-point second half, hopefully giving them something to build on as the season winds down.
The Panthers had four players in double figures with Sam Daniel leading the charge with 22. He also pulled down 10 rebounds, accounting for a double-double. Despite the final numbers, Daniel was a very uncharacteristic 7-of-23 from the field, including 3-of-15 from three-point range. Jordan Majors and Patrick Anderson each had 17 and Michael Milligan scored 10.
The Moccasins were led by Ja’Kwan Jones 24 points. Brett Hanson was good for 21 and Jonathan Lawton had 17.
Florida Southern (16-9, 10-7 SSC) got off to a fast start, scoring the first eight points of the game. A three by Majors stopped the run with 16:52 left in the half. A 10-2 run made it 19-5 and the Mocs continued to pour it on, leading 48-20 as the buzzer sounded, only to see them add time back on, thanks to a Milligan foul. Josh Brown only scored six points on the night, but two of them were those free-throws, getting Florida Southern to 50 points before the break.
The Panthers (11-13, 6-10 SSC) were a dismal 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) from the field, including 1-for-15 (6.7 percent) from three-point range. They converted just three of their seven free-throws (42.9 percent), completing the disastrous shooting trifecta.
Things got better in the second half for the Panthers, but their 51 points were matched by Florida Southern, allowing them to get over the century mark.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Daniel and Anderson made it 61-35 and set off a 9-0 run, making it 61-38 with 13:12 to go. Anderson followed that up with a personal nine-point run, including two three-balls. Daniel added two free-throws, closing the gap to 67-51.
The Mocs answered later in the game with an 8-0 run, giving them an 88-58 lead with 3:09 to go and sending the fans in Lakeland home happy.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Florida Southern Box Score
The Panthers return home Wednesday to host Barry at 7:30 p.m.