It’s all smiles for the Florida Tech Men’s Basketball after a successful two-game weekend away at the NCAA super regional tip-off tournament. Of the four teams that competed at Bill Harris Arena at Benedict College, the Panthers are the only team to come away with two consecutive wins.
The Panthers beat Benedict of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 67-59 and cleaned up the second win, 80-72 against Auburn Montgomery of the Gulf South Conference.
“The trip was a huge success and a brilliant way to start the season. It’s going to be very good for our regional ranking,” George Nehma, Panther player No. 4, said.
Following the weekend, Sean Houpt was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week by the league. The sports management senior from Danville, IL scored a game-high of 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting, according to the Florida Tech Athletics page. Houpt was the lead scorer averaging 21 points for both games, while Sesan Russell, a business student from London, England averaged 18 points himself.
This was an action-packed weekend for the 14 athletes that traveled as they enjoyed their first trip away on and off the court. The student-athletes were invited for an exclusive tour of the South Carolina State Capitol building, along with a brief history lesson of the building given to them by a sergeant of arms.
“I think it was a great opportunity for the lads to spend some quality time away from school and build stronger bonds together,” Nehma, an aerospace engineering student from Sydney, Australia said.
The next game is coming up for the Panthers as their conference game opener begins this Saturday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at Saint Leo.
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