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BCC Men Lose a Tough One, 72-70, to Palm Beach State
January 28, 2013 - Brevard Community College's men's basketball team let a tie game with 17.8 seconds to play slip away on Monday night and dropped a 72-70 decision to Palm Beach State in Lake Worth.
Palm Beach won on an uncontested put-back by Myles Davis off a missed three-pointer with .3 seconds to play in the emotional, closely contested game.
BCC had one last chance but could not execute a play before the buzzer.
Playing before a raucous crowd, Palm Beach State improved to 23-1 overall and more importantly 5-1 in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference, tying BCC for first place.
BCC dropped to 19-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference. A victory would have put BCC in control of the conference.
"We let one slip through our fingers," BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman said. "This was our opportunity to take a commanding lead in the conference, on the road against the number five team in the country.
"We had every opportunity to win the game and we didn't seize it. We let it slip through our fingers."
The rubber match with Palm Beach that could very well decide the conference championship is Feb. 13 in the Melbourne Campus gym. Tipoff is 7 p.m.
BCC did rally from being six points down, 68-62, with 1:59 to play to tie the game at 70-70 on a three-pointer by sophomore co-captain Nyles Evans with 17.8 to play.
Following time outs by both teams Palm Beach inbounded the ball and sophomore Jonathan Holton took a three-point shot from the top of the key that missed.
However Davis was alone under the basket and put the ball back in for the final margin.
Sophomore co-captain Addison Spruill led BCC with 18 points. Evans added 17. Holton led Palm Beach with 17.
Freshman Ben Patrick had 10 rebounds for BCC. Evans pulled down nine.
BCC rallied from seven points down, 18-11, with 11:31 to play in the first half to build a five-point lead, 37-32, with 1:13 to go before the break. But, the Titans allowed Palm Beach State to tie it 37-37 at the half-time buzzer on a three-pointer by Carrington Ward.
BCC handed Palm Beach its first and only loss of the season, 73-66, on Jan. 16 in Melbourne.
Next up for BCC is a home game against Miami Dade at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Melbourne Campus gym. BCC throttled Miami Dade 96-50 in their first meeting of the season on Jan. 19 in Kendall.
Admission to BCC home games is free.