ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The 11th ranked Florida Southern College men's basketball team survived a frantic finish on Wednesday night, edging host Eckerd College, 92-84. The Mocs improve to 14-2 on the season, and remain in second place in the Sunshine State Conference with a 6-2 mark. Eckerd is now 6-10 overall, and 2-6 within the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Mocs got out to a hot start, leading 5-2 in the first 66 seconds of the game, on a dunk by Hinton and a three-pointer by Dambreville.
- The teams traded baskets at a frenetic pace, with the largest lead being a four-point advantage for Southern, 12-8, on a three-pointer by Rodgers at the 17:10 mark.
- The Mocs' largest lead of the half, eight points, came with 4:31 remaining, when Hanson made a layup.
- Southern took a 45-41 lead at the half. Hinton and Hanson each had 12 first-half points.
- The Tritons refused to yield as the second half opened, trading shots with the Mocs, taking a six-point lead just 2:09 into the second stanza.
- Rodgers made a three with 15:51 to go, knotting the score at 55 apiece.
- Southern would not lead for another five minutes, at 10:07, when Hinton slammed home a breakaway dunk.
- Shot after shot, the teams traded shots, until the lead was a slim one point for FSC, 81-80, with 2:14 remaining. Eckerd would get no closer.
- On the ensuing possession, Rodgers would hit a three, followed by a pair of free throw makes by Rhodes, and Southern would lead by six, 86-80, with just 46 ticks remaining on the clock.
- Southern would make free throws down the stretch, resulting in the 92-84 final score.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern shot 52% of its shots, while Eckerd converted on 48% of their attempts.
- Eckerd held a 48-38 advantage on points in the paint, while the Mocs held a 19-11 advantage in bench scoring.
- Hinton had three of his five first-half dunks within the first four minutes of the game. He finished the game with eight dunks in 29 minutes of action.
- Hanson had the game's sole double-double, on 19 points and 10 rebounds.
- Rauch increased his career scoring total to 992 points. He needs just 8 more to become the 44th player in program history, and fourth in the last five years, to score 1,000 career points at FSC. He would join Hanson, Jonathan Lawton, and Dominique Williams as the most recent players to hit 1,000 points, all of which have come under head coach Mike Donnelly.
- Hanson pushed his career scoring total to 1,883, moving into third place in school history. He eclipsed Kris Kearney (1,869) and Rion Rayfield (1,870) in tonight's game. He has also tallied 758 rebounds, good for seventh in the program record books. His 184 steals are good for seventh, while his assist total of 375 ranks tenth.
- Florida Southern will return to the friendly confines of the Jenkins Field House for a three-game homestand, beginning with Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, Jan. 18. During the game, the team and coaches will be wearing special yellow shoelaces in recognition of Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer®. The team will be accepting donations to battle this terrible disease.