Win at St. Pete moves Eagles into second place

Tekorian “TK” Smith had a game-high 26 points in a 95-86 win at St. Petersburg College. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Tekorian “TK” Smith had a game-high 26 points in a 95-86 win at St. Petersburg College. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State posted its third straight win last night, defeating  St. Petersburg College 95-86 in St. Pete and moving into second place in the Suncoast Conference. 

The victory marks the seventh road win for the Eagles, who won just twice away from home last year.  

"From day one with this team I've put a strong emphasis on stacking bricks every day to lay the foundation on which to set a championship trophy," said Head Coach Brandon Giles. 

"I've told the team, 'Tough teams win on the road . Championship teams win on the road.' 

"Guys have bought in to that concept. They came together and defended when needed, rebounded when needed, and stayed mentally engaged when needed on the road this year."  

After leading 47-36 at halftime, Polk State pulled away to its largest lead of the game, 74-53, in the second half.  

The Eagles shot 53.3 Percent from the field and 45.8 percent from three-point range, compared to 37.8 percent and 28.6 percent for the Titans. 

Tekorian "TK" Smith led all scorers with 26 points, along with five rebounds and three assists. 

Malcolm Stevenson tallied 21 points and six rebounds. 

Also scoring in double figures were Bernat Vanaclocha Sanchez (16 points, six rebounds), and Kameron Pauldo (11 points, five assists, three rebounds). 

Clarence Jackson added nine points and four rebounds. 

The Eagles (17-6, 4-2, No. 8 FCSAA) continue Suncoast Conference play Saturday at 4 p.m. against Hillsborough Community College (9-12, 1-5) in Winter Haven.  

 

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