It was a rough night on the court Monday for the Florida Tech basketball team. They lost to Barry 92-72 in Miami Shores.
Trey Schaneville was the Panthers leading scorer on this night with a career-high 17 points. Derek Murphy had 14. Sesan Russell added 13. He did hit the deck in the second half, thanks to a wet spot on the floor. He stayed in for a bit but was removed quickly, with the game well out of reach.
Florida Tech (5-5, 1-3 SSC) struggled from the field, hitting 28-of-76 shots from the field (36.8 percent), including a very disappointing 7-of-31 (22.6 percent) from three-point range. Turnovers also played a part, as the Panthers gave it up 14 times to Barry’s 12. The Bucs won the rebounding battle 45-41.
The Panthers scored the first two points of the game but quickly found themselves down 13-6 with 12:00 left in the half. Barry hit a three out of the media timeout, pulling out to a 10-point lead. A layup by Russell cut it to 20-14 at the under eight timeout, but Barry quickly expanded it to 10 again, 24-14.
The Bucs led by as many as 18 with 43 seconds left in the first half, but a layup by Russell and another by Antonis Pefanis at the buzzer made it 41-27 in favor of the home team at the break.
That duo picked up right where they left off to start the second half, as Pefanis banged down a three and Russell scored five points, making it a 43-35 game with 18:37 to go. Mate Papai got in on the fun with a bucket of his own to cut it to six, but that would be as close as the visitors would get.
An 8-0 run by Barry made it 51-37, and a 9-0 rush made it 68-47 with 9:32 left. The home team led by as many as 25 with just over three minutes to go, before the Panthers cut it back to 18, 90-72 with under a minute to go.
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With the loss, Florida Tech falls to 0-3 on the road. They return home on Friday for the Florida Tech Winter Classic. They will take on Toccoa Falls College at 7:00 p.m. before playing their final game of 2019 on Saturday, against Thomas, at 6:00 p.m.