The Polk State Eagles soared past the Hillsborough Community College Hawks 66-50 tonight in Winter Haven.
The Eagles took a 10-8 lead at the 12-minute mark in the first half and held the lead the rest of the game.
After ending the first half with a 33-27 lead, the Eagles built a 37-27 advantage, holding the Hawks scoreless for the first five minutes of the half.
With the Eagles up 40-33, Troy Simons hit three straight three-pointers, increasing the lead to 49-35.
"All of a sudden, after he hit those threes the lead goes up to 14, and they had a little farther to climb to get back in it, so I think it took the wind out of their sails a little bit," said Head Coach Matt Furjanic.
With the win, the Eagles remain in first place in the Suncoast Conference with a one-game lead over St Petersburg.
"The important thing is we control our own destiny, and that's what you want this time of year," said Furjanic.
"So it was a good win, and our guys played well. I thought our defense was very good. The guys gave it a good team effort tonight, and it was real nice to see the students come out for the Black Out game. I think it gave us a little more energy and hopefully we can carry that on to our away game Saturday at State College of Florida."
Simons led the Eagles with 20 points.
Polk State (21-7, 6-1, No. 6 FCSAA) plays State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota at 4 p.m. Saturday in Bradenton.