LAKELAND, Fla. – E.J. Dambreville knocked down six three-pointers, Jack Rauch poured in 27 points, and Florida Southern College men's basketball picked up its eighth win in a row with a 119-89 victory over American International College on Saturday night.
The No. 17 Moccasins (11-1) jumped out an early double-digit lead over the Yellow Jackets (4-9) and never trailed as it closed out its non-conference slate with a perfect 8-0 record. Rauch led the Mocs in scoring and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Dambreville (20), Brett Hanson (20), Jair Rodgers (20), Jalyn Hinton (12), and Brandon Carroll (11) also scored in double figures.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It was evident early on that Dambreville was in for a big night when he drilled a three-pointer to open the scoring with 18:40 to go in the first half, and the rout was on. American International scored on the ensuing possession to make it a one-point game, but Southern ripped off an 11-0 run to jump on top 14-2 when Hanson hit two free throws with 14:24 on the clock.
- Florida Southern would grab its first 15-point lead of the game (30-15) when Rauch connected from long range with 8:21 remaining in the first half. The Moccasin lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the half, peaking at 25 points (55-30) on a Xavier Rhodes layup inside the final minute, and took a 55-32 lead into the half.
- Not much changed in the second half as the Mocs never saw their lead dip below 14 the rest of the way as they rolled to another victory. Florida Southern shot a combined 56.8 (42-of-74) from the floor, including a 13-of-32 mark from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets connected on just 40.0 percent (32-of-80) of their shots and were outrebounded by the Mocs 49-36.
- Southern outscored American International 37-24 on the fast break and forced 25 turnovers by the Yellow Jackets. Hanson also had a game-high seven assists, while Hinton had six and Rauch four.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 1-0 all-time against American International. The eight-game win streak is the best since the Mocs won their final seven regular-season games and first Sunshine State Conference Tournament game of 2017-18.
- The Moccasins went undefeated in non-conference action for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign when Florida Southern won the NCAA Division II National Championship. Southern was 20-0 in non-conference action that season (includes SSC and NCAA Tournament games). During the regular season, the Mocs went 11-0 against non-conference foes in 2014-15.
- Dambreville's six three-pointers tied a career-high, which he set earlier in the season against New Haven (11/29/19). He is the third different Moccasin to hit at least six threes in a game this season.
- Rauch played in his 100th career game and has now made 83 career starts. He is now 56 points away from scoring 1,000 career points. He would become the 44th player in program history to reach that benchmark. He also increased his career rebound total to 634 and needs just 56 more to move into the top 10 in school history in career rebounds.
- Hinton snagged 12 rebounds to tally his fifth double-double of the season. He also finished with four blocks to increase his total to 37 on the season. Hinton is now tied for the Division II lead in total blocks and leads the nation in blocks per game (4.3).
- Hanson increased his career scoring total to 1,810, he needs 60 more to move into fourth in school history. He also upped his rebound total to 722 to move into seventh in program history in that category. Hanson recorded his 359th assist to move within 14 of the top 10 and upped his steal total to 179, just 10 away from taking over sixth in program history.
- Florida Southern is off until after the holidays and returns to Sunshine State Conference action at Florida Tech (Jan. 2) before a huge matchup with No. 5 Nova Southeastern at home (Jan. 4).