Mocs Unleash Three-Point Barrage in Blowout Win

Mocs Unleash Three-Point Barrage in Blowout Win

LAKELAND, FL - Trey Diggs poured in 31 points and Florida Southern College men's basketball used a barrage of three-pointers to blow away visiting Miles College, 111-74, on Wednesday night at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (6-4) knocked down 15 shots from beyond the arc and got 66 points from its bench players to pick up the easy win over the Golden Bears (0-7). 

The victory marked the third-straight game in which the Mocs have scored 100 or more points, the first time a Florida Southern squad has scored 100 or more in back-to-back-to-back contests since the 2009-10 campaign. The Moccasins return to action on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when they face Emmanuel in the first game of the Mocs Christmas Classic.

• The game was a tight one through the first five-plus minutes of play as the Golden Bears hung on to a 12-11 lead with 14:45 to go, but Brett Hanson knocked down a free throw to tie things up and Rico Releford hit a jumper less than a minute later to put the Mocs up for good. The bucket was part of a quick 8-0 run that put Florida Southern in front 19-12, and the Moccasins would not lead by less than five points the rest of the way.
• Florida Southern grabbed its first double-digit lead of the game when Tyler Ross hit a pair of free throws to make it 30-19 with 7:44 to go in the first half. The Mocs would outscore the Golden Bears 29-14 the rest of the half en route to a 59-33 halftime lead.
• At the onset of the second half, the Moccasins were able to push their lead to 31 points (67-36) when Ross connected on a layup at the 17:14 mark, and the rout was on. Diggs put the Mocs up by 41 (88-47) on a three-pointer with 11:09 on the clock and Florida Southern hit the century mark with 4:24 remaining on a pair of Diggs' free throws. Luke St. Lifer and Josh Brown finished out Florida Southern's three-point barrage when each player connected from long range in the final two minutes of play.
• The Moccasins shot 53.3 percent (40-of-75) from the floor, including 15-of-34 from beyond the arc. Florida Southern also went 16-of-19 at the charity stripe and ripped down 44 rebounds while dishing out 29 assists. Miles hit 43.9 percent (29-of-66) of its shots, going 4-of-12 from long range and 12-of-19 at the free-throw line. The Golden Bears pulled down just 31 rebounds and turned the ball over 18 times.
• Diggs led all players with a season-high 31 points, finishing 9-of-13 from the floor while knocking down 8-of-12 three-pointers and all five of his free-throw attempts. Brett Hanson and Jack Rauch scored 14 points apiece, while Tyler Smith added 11 off the bench. Tyler Ross led the team with six assists and nine rebounds.

• Florida Southern improved to 4-0 all-time against Miles and moved to a perfect 5-0 at home this season. The Moccasins picked up their sixth win of the season nearly a full month before last year's team got to six wins (1/11/17 vs. Florida Tech). The 15 three-pointers marked a season-high for the Mocs, and are the most in a single game since Florida Southern connected on 17-of-32 from long range in a 91-85 win over Palm Beach Atlantic on Feb. 4, 2017.
• The 29 assists are a team-high for the season, and the most for the Moccasins since dishing out 31 against Miles on Dec. 20, 2015. Florida Southern has scored 100 or more points in three-straight games for the first time since the 2009-10 season when the Mocs picked up wins over UPR-Rio Piedras (103-61 | 11/18/09), UPR-Bayamon (111-75 | 11/24/09) and St. Ambrose (105-72 | 11/25/09).
• Diggs' 31 points marked just the second time in the last 39 years that a Florida Southern freshman has scored 30 points in a game. Kevin Capers was the last Moccasin freshman to score 30 or more points when he poured in 30 in a 76-71 loss to Rollins on Jan. 28, 2012. The eight made three-pointers are the most since Sheldon Zablotny connected on 8-of-15 against Florida Tech on Feb. 6, 2016.

• Florida Southern will take on Emmanuel at 7:30 p.m. on Monday before squaring off with Dominican at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Mocs will then take time off for the holidays until Dec. 30, when they close out the calendar year and their non-conference schedule against Southern New Hampshire.