Florida Tech Men’s Basketball won their seventh consecutive game after taking down Florida Southern 85-80 in a nailbiter this past Wednesday.
The game remained close for its entirety. The first half included the Panthers starting the game with a 9-0 before both teams traded baskets until the half ended with Tech leading 41-40. As the second half rolled along, the Panthers grabbed a 72-66 lead, but the Moccasins kept fighting and tied the game at 78 apiece with 2:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. After Mekhii Noble’s layup and Sesan Russell’s point off a Florida Southern turnover, Florida Tech was able to close out the game.
Sean Houpt had the hot hand from 3-point range, making six shots from deep as he totaled 24 points, tying his career-high. Mekhii Noble set a career-high in points with 25, adding 14 rebounds to collect his eighth double-double of the season. Mate Papai collected a career-high 14 rebounds. Runako Ziegler added 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Sesan Russell contributed 16 points while dishing out eight assists.
As a squad, the Panthers shot 43.7% from the field, 34.5% from 3-point territory, and 72.2% on free throws. Tech outrebounded the Mocs, as well as having the edge in second-chance points, and points in the paint.
The victory pushes Florida Tech to a 2-0 record in conference play, the first time for the program to do so since the 1998-99 season. The Panthers look to win their eighth straight as they take on Rollins College this Saturday in Winter Park. The matchup begins at 4 p.m.