Derek Murphy led the Panthers with 16 points, while Darius Wright finished with 13 off the bench. Trey Schaneville hit three triples in the first half as the Panthers tried to claw their way back. He ended the day with nine points.
Florida Tech’s bench outscored Barry 39-33, but the Bucs controlled everything else, including three-point shooting. They were 14-for-28 from behind the arc and shot 53 percent overall (37-for-70).
The Panthers (6-5, 0-3 SSC) shot 36 percent overall, going 23-for-64. They were 11-of-31 (35 percent) from three-point range.
The game was tied at two early, but the Bucs went up 10-2 before Valur Valsson hit a three to cut it to 10-5 at the first media timeout. That was as close as the visitors would get, as Barry went on a 16-0 run, helped by four consecutive three-point baskets.
Florida Tech head coach Billy Mims used the media timeout to make a wholesale change to his lineup with 11:52 left in the half.
Nieja Jordan and Schaneville drilled threes to make it 31-18 and Schaneville would hit again moments later to get the Panthers to within 12, 33-21 with 5:23 to go. Unfortunately, as was the case for much of the day, Barry had an answer when the Panthers cut into the lead.
Evan Walshe would drive in for a layup at the buzzer and give his team a 48-30 lead at the half. Walshe would be one of five Buccaneers in double-digits with 11 points.
Barry (8-3, 3-1 SSC) started the second half on a 9-2 run and they continued to roll, extending their lead to 25 points, 88-63, with three minutes left in the game. A 7-0 run would make the deficit 31 with 1:20 to go before the Panthers got it down to 27 at the end of the game.
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Florida Tech will look to rebound Wednesday night when they return home to take on Florida Southern. Scheduled tip time is 7:30 p.m.