Eagles make it eight straight

Darelle Porter (23) scored 15 points as the Eagles won their eighth straight. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Darelle Porter (23) scored 15 points as the Eagles won their eighth straight. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

The Polk State Eagles soared to their eighth straight win tonight, beating Florida State College at Jacksonville 77-66 in Winter Haven.

Polk State jumped out to a 3-0 lead and had a 36-26 advantage at halftime.

The Blue Wave cut the lead to 36-31 early in the second half before the Eagles pulled away for the victory.

Darelle Porter and Jaleo Wilkes each scored 15 points for Polk State.

"The first half we struggled a little bit but the second half we really picked up the intensity and did a good job," said Head Coach Matt Furjanic.

"We went with a small lineup and the guys stepped up with some pressure, and FSC was a tough team to defend against because they went with a small lineup too."

While he enjoys the team's winning streak, Furjanic sees room for improvement.

"We have some tough games coming up," he said. "They don't get any easier. We still need to continue to improve, we still need to get in better condition, and we still need to put 40 minutes together where everyone's giving the same intensity. "

The Eagles (12-5 and ranked No. 10 in Florida in the FCSAA Coaches' Poll) take on College of Central Florida on Saturday 4 p.m. in Winter Haven.

Dec 16
Men's Basketball 2:00 PM
at Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Fla.
Jan 02
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
at Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jan 04
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
Harcum College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Jan 06
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
Hillsborough Community College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Jan 10
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Bradenton, Fla.
Jan 17
Men's Basketball 7:30 PM
at Florida Southwestern
Fort Myers, Fla.
Jan 20
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
St. Petersburg College
Winter Haven, Fla.

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