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BCC Men Hold Firm, Defeat Daytona State College 83-73

November 7, 2012 - Fortunately for the Brevard Community College men basketball isn't a beauty contest.

BCC led Daytona State College by as many as 15 points in the first half but fell behind briefly midway through the second before rallying for an 83-73 victory on Wednesday night at the Melbourne Campus gym.

BCC improved to 2-1. Daytona State fell to 1-2.

"A win is a win," BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman said. "Ugly or not a win is a win. I'm thrilled we showed the guts and mental toughness to pull it out."

The game was eerily similar to BCC's season opener on Friday when it held 13-point leads against Snead State of Alabama but faltered allowing Snead State to escape with a 59-57 victory at the Northwest Florida Tip-Off Classic in Niceville.

But on Wednesday sophomore co-captain Nyles Evans converted a four-point play, being fouled in sinking a long three-point shot, to break a 64-64 tie with 4 minutes and 53 seconds to play. The play gave BCC a 68-64 lead it never relinquished.

Evans finished the night with a team-high 22 points. His effort was complemented by 13 points each from fellow tri-captain Addison Spruill and freshman Mike Kirkland. Spruill and Kirkland also grabbed 11 rebounds apiece.

"He's just such a winner, he's just such a competitor," Shulman said of Evans. "When you recruit players, of course you want to get shooters, you want to get this, you want to get that. But you've got to get winners and competitors. Because winners and competitors make that shot. You can't draw that one up."

For his part Evans credited Shulman.

"It was just a play-making shot," Evans said. "Coach has got trust in me. He's always telling me 'Nyles, shoot 10 threes a game. So what if you miss shots.' He has faith in me, confidence in me. It gave me confidence to make the shot."

Interestingly, Evans claimed to be in a slump coming off the season-opening tournament in Niceville.

"Coach has been getting on me, kind of teasing me about my slump," Evans said. "I had to show it for him and the team. I'm going to do whatever for the team."

Next up for BCC is a 4 p.m. Saturday game at Hillsborough Community College. The Titans return home for a 7 p.m. game Monday against the TAAG Academy and then host Florida State College Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Admission to home games is free.