Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Men Score Crucial Victory at Indian River State, 96-82

February 9, 2013 - Heading into Saturday's Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference game at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce Brevard Community College's men's basketball team knew it had to win to have any shot at winning the conference championship.

In fact, BCC had to win its final four games to have a chance.

Well, it's one down and three to go thanks to a monster effort from sophomore co-captain Addison Spruill and his teammates. Spruill scored 25 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out six assists as BCC thumped rival Indian River 96-82.

Indian River fell to 19-7 overall and 4-5 in conference.

BCC led at the half 55-36 and kept the pressure on in the final 20 minutes to improve to 21-6 overall and more importantly 7-2 in the conference. The victory sets up a huge game at 7 p.m. Wednesday when first-place Palm Beach State comes calling at the Melbourne Campus gym.

Palm Beach State was 25-1 overall and 7-1 in conference heading into its Saturday game at Broward College. Palm Beach's lone loss was a 73-66 defeat by BCC in Melbourne on Jan. 16. Palm Beach beat BCC 72-70 in the final second in Lake Worth on Jan. 28 meaning Wednesday's winner will hold the tiebreaker if both finish tied atop the conference at the end of the regular season.

But because BCC lost 87-78 at Broward on Feb. 6 it must win out to capture the conference title and earn an automatic bid to the state tournament.

Given what was at stake, BCC head coach Jeremy Shulman was pleased with his team's effort.

"I am really proud of our guys for responding after a tough loss at Broward," Shulman said. "Addison Spruill was huge for us in a must-win situation."

Spruill took the effort in stride.

"Coming off a bad loss to Broward Coach Shulman wanted to see how we would respond and we responded very well," Spruill said.

Freshman Mike Kirkland also had a big day for BCC with 19 points which was the same total for sophomore co-captain Nyles Evans who also had six assists. Freshman Jure Gunjina continued his clutch play with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Beyond Wednesday's Palm Beach game BCC travels to Kendall to play a much-improved Miami Dade College team at 2 p.m. on Feb. 16 and hosts Broward at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 20 for Sophomore Night and the regular-season finale.

Admission to BCC home games is free.