Eagles ground unbeaten Falcons

Darrelle Porter scored 16 points as the Eagles upset No. 1 Daytona State on the road in OT. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Darrelle Porter scored 16 points as the Eagles upset No. 1 Daytona State on the road in OT. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State (No. 8 FCSAA) upset undefeated Daytona State (No. 1 FCSAA) 92-85 in overtime tonight in Daytona Beach. 

The Eagles built a 45-33 lead at halftime. The Falcons chipped away at the lead in the second half, going up 71-69 with eight minutes left. 

The Eagles tied it at 71 and then had an 80-74 advantage with two minutes to go. 

With a minute remaining, the Falcons hit a three-pointer to trail 80-77. 

After an Eagles turnover, Daytona State made two free throws, cutting the lead to 80-79. 

With 8.8 seconds left, the Eagles turned the ball over on the inbounds pass. A technical foul sent Daytona State to the free throw line, where a free throw tied the game at 80. 

The Falcons had the ball with 8.1 seconds left but missed a jumper at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime. 

The Eagles scored then first, going up 82-80, but a Daytona State layup retied the contest at 82. 

After each team failed to score on its next possession, Djuro Pantos grabbed an offensive rebound and made a basket, giving Polk State an 84-82 advantage. 

The Falcons then missed two free throws and a three-point attempt. Troy Simons made a three-pointer for the Eagles, increasing the lead to 87-82. 

With a minute left, Daytona State hit a three-pointer, trimming the lead to 87-85. 

After Daytona State missed a three-point shot with 37 seconds left, the Falcons fouled Dayjar Dickson, who made a free throw for an 88-85 lead. 

When the Falcons missed a three-point shot with 15 seconds left, they had to foul. Pantos went to the line for the Eagles and sank two free throws, increasing the lead to 90-85. 

Daytona State missed another three-point attempt with 8 seconds left. Karim Mouliom was fouled and hit both free throws for the final points of the game.  

Simons led the Eagles with 24 points, half of them coming on three-pointers. 

Darelle Porter scored 16 points, hitting three three-pointers. 

Dayjar Dickson added 12 points. 

Reger Baker had 13 points and went seven for nine at the free-throw line. 

Elijah Cottrill recorded 11 points, and Kahleek Bakare-Whyte finished with eight. 

The Eagles (9-4, No. 8 FCSAA) return to action Dec. 8, when they visit Florida State College at Jacksonville.

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