Florida Tech’s Men’s Basketball earned their first win of the year this past Saturday, as they defeated Benedict College 72-66 in Winter Park’s “NCAA South Regional Tip-Off Challenge.”
Tech started the game strong with a 13-5 lead before momentum flipped towards the Tigers, as they led by five points at the end of the first half.
With Benedict leading 63-62, the Panthers hit some clutch shots and made five of their last six free throws in the final minutes to claim victory.
Mekhii Noble posted a career high double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, converting nine of sixteen shot attempts. Sesan Russell contributed on all aspects of the game, recording 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals on 5-18 shooting, and went 6-8 from the charity stripe.
As a team, the Panthers shot 34.3% (24-70) from the field, 18.5% (5-27) from three-point land, and 63.3% (19-30) at the free throw line. Florida Tech had the upper hand in rebounding, securing 55 total boards, 10 more than Benedict College.
The Panthers have their first home game November 20, as they clash against conference opponent Saint Leo at 4 p.m.