Win gives Eagles sole possession of first place

Darelle Porter celebrates after the Eagles beat St. Pete 77-75. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Darelle Porter celebrates after the Eagles beat St. Pete 77-75. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

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. 

Porter scored 15, and Elijah Cottrill had 11, while Dominique Reid tallied nine and Dayjar Dickson added six. 

The Eagles (18-6, 3-0, No. 7 FCSAA) hit the road Saturday to Play Hillsborough Community College at 4 p.m. in Tampa.

Dec 14
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
College of Central Florida
Winter Haven, Fla.
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.

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