Eagles prepare for conference play with win over Pasco-Hernando

Tohi Smith-Milner calls for the ball against Pasco-Hernando. He scored 20 points to lead the Eagles to a win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Tohi Smith-Milner calls for the ball against Pasco-Hernando. He scored 20 points to lead the Eagles to a win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State wrapped up non-conference play tonight with a 96-76 win over Pasco-Hernando State College in Winter Haven.

The Eagles went on a 13-0 run in the first five minutes and remained in control throughout the contest.

At halftime, Polk State led 53-28. The Conquistadors put up 48 points in the second half.

Tohi Smith-Milner led the Eagles with 20 points.

Kareem Harris added 15 points, while Reger Baker and Bernard Samuel each recorded 12.

"In the first half I was pleased with our effort," said Head Coach Matt Furjanic. "In the second half I wasn't.

"We became very lackadaisical. We became offensive-minded, and we did a terrible job on defense 

"When you give up 48 points in a half, I don't care who you're playing, you're going to be in trouble. So it's time to go back to work. Our team has to realize we have to play defense for 40 minutes or we're not going to be very successful."

The Eagles (15-6) open Suncoast Conference play on Wednesday at home against State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

"It's conference time now," said Furjanic. "We're down to nine games. Everyone in our conference has a zero-zero record, so it all depends on what we do in those nine games.

"We have to take them one game at a time. Right now we have to prepare for State College of Florida. We play them at home, so it's important to start off with a home win in the conference. That's where our minds are right now." 

Oct 31
Men's Basketball 7:30 PM
at Florida Southern College
Closed Scrimmage Lakeland, Fla.
Nov 04
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
at Indian River State College
Fort Pierce, Fla.
Nov 07
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
Daytona State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Nov 14
Men's Basketball 7:30 PM
at College of Central Florida
Ocala, Fla.
Nov 18
Men's Basketball 2:00 PM
Eastern Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Nov 19
Men's Basketball 2:00 PM
ASA College (Miami)
Winter Haven, Fla.
Nov 21
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
Santa Fe College
Winter Haven, Fla.

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