Mens Basketball

Florida Tech celebrates winning the Thanksgiving Tournament.

Florida Tech’s Men’s Basketball crushed Puerto Rico-Bayamon 110-74 this past Saturday to win the Erdman Automotive Thanksgiving Tournament. 

Their victory marks their sixth consecutive win, as the team improves to six wins and one loss this season. 

The Panthers scored 61 of their 110 points in the first half, dominating the entire game. Sesan Russell led the team with 35 points, along with five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Russell converted 10 shots in 15 attempts, including nine three-pointers which is the second highest total in the program’s history. Mehkii Noble posted 18 points and 12 rebounds, qualifying for his seventh double-double of the year. Runako Ziegler added 12 points and Sean Houpt tallied 11 points to add on to Tech’s blowout victory. 

Florida Tech shot 55.2% (37-67) from the field, 45.7% (16-35) from 3-point range, and 64.5% (20-31) from the free throw line. The Panthers controlled every aspect of the game. They outrebounded Bayamon, and scored more points off turnovers, on fastbreak, and in the paint. 

Outside of the title game, three Panthers were named to the All-Tournament team. Mehkii Noble, Sesan Russell, and Mate Papai were rewarded the honors, with Russell receiving Tournament MVP, averaging 33.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. 

The Panthers return home this Wednesday to face off against Florida Southern, a conference opponent and ranked 23rd in the nation. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. 


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