Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Rally Falls Short in Loss to Polk State

January 7, 2013 - The Brevard Community College men's basketball team was unsuccessful in what was expected to be its final non-conference test on Monday, falling 60-56 to Polk State College in Winter Haven.

BCC dropped to 13-4 on the season and has one more non-conference game – Wednesday at the Webber International junior varsity – before beginning its Florida College System Activities Association schedule on Saturday at archrival Indian River State in Fort Pierce.

BCC defeated Webber's junior varsity 121-57 on Dec. 5. However the normally high-scoring Titans, who were averaging 88.6 points per game, were held in check on Monday as Polk avenged an 83-74 loss to the Titans on Nov. 28 in Melbourne.

The victory was the fifth straight for Polk, which improved to 12-5. Polk competes in the FSCAA Suncoast Conference.

Polk stormed to an 18-point lead on Monday before BCC rallied to get within one point several times in the second half but couldn't close the deal.

"It was a disappointing outcome but it accomplished what we needed to accomplish in getting a tough, physical game to prepare us for conference," BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman said.

"We came out absolutely terrible in the first half but finally began to do the things that we have preached all season long in the second half and gave ourselves a chance to win.

"We still have to play Webber's JV's on Wednesday We can't look beyond that but at the same time we do need to get ready for conference."

Sophomore co-captain Addison Spruill led BCC with 16 points and 12 rebounds on Monday. Freshman Jordan Smith added 11 points and freshman Devontay Clark scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds.

BCC's next home game is against nationally ranked conference foe Palm Beach State College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at the Melbourne Campus gym.

Admission to BCC home games is free.