Dauda Tallies Third Double-Double In Win Over Hillsborough
Sophomore center Ismaila Dauda (Nigeria) posted his third consecutive double-double to lead the Polk State College men's basketball team to a 58-48 Suncoast Conference victory over Hillsborough Community College (13-12/0-4) Saturday at the Winter Haven Health Center.
Dauda tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds, blocked a shot and had a steal as the ninth-ranked Eagles improved to 18-7 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
The Eagles led by as much as 13 in the first half and 24-13 at the break.
The Hawks managed to cut the lead to three early in the second half, but could not hold on as Dauda controlled the board and the Eagles shot 73 percent from the free throw line, hitting 10-of-13 in the game's final five minutes.
Polk's Ralph Simmons (Charleston, S.C.) led all scorers with 16 points. He added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Freshman Bernard Samuel (Charleston, S.C.) also tallied 12 points.
Tyler Funk paced Hillsborough with 15 points and eight boards.
The Eagles host conference foe St. Petersburg College Wednesday at 7 p.m.