Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Men Cruise Past Miami Dade, 96-50

January 19, 2013 - Heading into Saturday's Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference game at Miami Dade there was a nagging worry in the mind of Brevard Community College head men's basketball coach Jeremy Shulman.

Shulman fretted that his team, coming off a draining signature win over previously unbeaten and nationally second-ranked Palm Beach State College and facing a Wednesday home game against arch rival and conference foe Indian River State College, would be flat.

But BCC started fast on Saturday in Kendall, building an early double-digit lead and extending it to 47-26 at the half. BCC didn't let up in the second half, opening a 57-33 lead and cruising to a 96-50 victory.

BCC improved to 17-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Miami fell to 10-11 overall and 0-3 in conference.

"I thought we started the game flat and I thought we started the second half flat and the rest of the time I thought we did what we were supposed to do," BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman said.

"I'm really proud of the guys. This is a game that really did worry me, between a Palm Beach game and a big game Wednesday against Indian River. I thought our guys stayed mentally focused and did what they were supposed to do.

"Also, I am really proud of Damian Smith, his first collegiate action, playing outstanding down the stretch. We're really excited for him to be able to step in and get the jitters out and make some really big plays."

Sophomore co-captain Nyles Evans led BCC with 22 points. Fellow captain Addison Spruill added 19 and freshman Jordan Smith 18.

Sophomore Gary Gaskins had seven blocked shots giving him 14 in his last two games. He also contributed 11 points.

Indian River comes calling at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Melbourne Campus gym. BCC beat Indian River 78-66 in Fort Pierce on Jan. 12. The five Southern Conference teams play each other three times each to determine a champion and postseason seeding.

Admission to BCC home games is free.