Polk State and St. Petersburg started tonight's game in Winter Haven tied for first place in the Suncoast Conference.
When the game ended, the Eagles had first place to themselves, thanks to a 77-75 victory.
After starting the first half down 5-0, the Eagles surged to a 24-13 lead. The Titans battled back, however, and Polk State had a 40-39 advantage at the half.
In the second half, neither team had more than a three-point lead until the Eagles went ahead 66-62 with five minutes left.
With the Eagles leading 72-69, Darelle Porter sank a three-pointer to put the Eagles ahead by six.
St. Petersburg came back to hit a three-point shot with 1.9 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 77-75 before time ran out.
"St. Petersburg really pressures you defensively, but we did a good job keeping pace with them," said Head Coach Matt Furjanic.
"St. Pete wants to play a physical game and attack the basket. I thought our first half defense was better than the second half. It wasn't as good in the second half, but it was good when it needed to be at the end.
"We had a tough game shooting, but you have to give St. Petersburg's defense credit for that. They took away a lot of shots from us. It was one of those games that could have gone either way."
Troy Simons led Polk State with 19 points.
The Eagles (18-6, 3-0, No. 7 FCSAA) hit the road Saturday to Play Hillsborough Community College at 4 p.m. in Tampa.