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CF routs SCF-Manatee
December 15, 2013By Richard Burton of COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The College of Central Florida men's basketball team is picking up steam.
The Patriots (12-2) rolled to a 84-71 win over State College of Florida-Manatee to close out the first day of the Florida Men's Colleges Shootout at Patriot Gym.
With the win, the Patriots extended the nation's longest homecourt winning streak to 33 games and improved their record to 9-0 against FCSAA Member Schools this season.
CF has also won five straight games overall and knocked off the Manatees (1-13) for the second time this season.
Rasham Suarez (17 points, 5-of-8 from 3-point range), Eric Moeller (13 points), Cody Russell (10 points) and Rodell Wigginton (10 points) led the way for the Patriots in the rout.
On their way to the win, the Patriots shook off a 2-of-10 shooting start and rolled things up on SCF.
Eric Moeller's seven straight points closed an early 13-0 run and CF led 19-10 at the 12:05 mark of the first half.
For the half, CF made 6-of-15 from 3-point range, keyed by Suarez, who made 4-of-7 shots from 3-point range on his way to 14 points.
Sparked by Suarez, the Patriots made 6-of-15 from beyond the arc and forced SCF into misses on all eight of its attempts from long range.
CF returns to action tonight at home against Palm Beach State at 8.
In other games, Daytona State rallied from an 11-point second half deficit and survived after losing an eight-point lead with 1:34 remaining to knock off Pensacola State 66-63 thanks to Paris Clayton's go-ahead 3-pointer with three seconds left.
Clayton scored all 15 of his points in the second half, while Ayinde Sprewell added 15 points for the Falcons (12-2), who won their eighth straight.
RaAnthony Sanders and Kevin Baker led Pensacola (10-5) with 15 points. Baker hit two three-pointers in the final 28 seconds, including one with 11.1 seconds left, before Clayton's game-winner.
PSC's Panhandle Conference rival, Tallahassee (8-4) got 20 points from Earvin Morris and 15 from Dirk Williams to hold off Palm Beach State 66-63.
Bobby Conley led Palm Beach (10-3) with 17 points, while former Star-Banner Player of the Year Jason Pimental added 15 points.
Miami Dade (11-3) knocked off Pasco-Hernando 100-80 behind 14-of-32 shooting from 3-point range.
Darius Perkins (21 points) and Michael Ramey (19 points, 6-of-10 from 3-point range) led the Sharks.
Former North Marion standout Travis Fletcher and Brandon McWhorters led the way for PHCC (2-9) with 18 points each.
From there, Broward (11-2) placed six players in double figures led by Dashawn Richmond (23 points) in an 87-69 win over Hillsborough, which got 31 points from John Wallace, Jr.
TALLAHASSEE 75, CF WOMEN 52: The Patriots (8-7) dropped their second straight game after a three-game winning streak.
"They outhustled us and we didn't come ready to play," CF coach Tommy Jones said.
FLORIDA MEN'S COLLEGES SHOOTOUT
Miami Dade 100, Pasco-Hernando 80
Daytona State 66, Pensacola State 63
Broward 87, Hillsborough 69
Tallahassee 66, Palm Beach 63
Pensacola vs. Hillsborough, noon
Daytona State vs. Miami Dade, 2 p.m.
State College of Florida vs. Pasco-Hernando, 4 p.m.
Broward vs. Tallahassee, 6 p.m.
CF vs. Palm Beach, 8 p.m.