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Eastern Florida Men's Basketball Rebounds for 94-65 Victory
Nov. 7, 2013 - A 19-5 run to open the second half allowed Eastern Florida State College's men's basketball team to pull away from visiting Lackawanna College and score a 94-65 victory on Thursday in the Melbourne Campus gym.
The triumph improved Eastern Florida's record to 2-1 and followed a 65-57 loss at Daytona State College on Wednesday.
Wednesday's poor shooting performance carried over to Thursday's game as Eastern Florida struggled mightily early against Lackawanna, which fell to 1-2.
The Titans went two minutes and 58 seconds without scoring and trailed 9-4 before awaking. The first of three three-pointers by freshman Landus Anderson, who was playing his first college game, knotted things at 15-15. His second three gave Eastern Florida a 20-15 lead and his third a 26-18 advantage.
"I was feeling it tonight, I was happy to be back," said Anderson who missed significant pre-season time with an ankle injury.
"I had the jitters, I had to get comfortable. After I hit the first one I was alright."
Eastern Florida slowly pulled away for a 43-32 halftime lead that did not spare them from the ire of head coach Jeremy Shulman.
"It was the most embarrassing first half of my entire 17-year coaching career including AAU and college," Shulman said he told his team.
"And if the second half wasn't drastically better . . . I told them I was going to trade them. I read them the riot act and we responded initially."
Three-pointers by freshman Demetrius McReynolds, who finished with a team-high 19 points, classmate T.J. Cromer and sophomore co-captain Ben Patrick and inside play from freshman Tyrek Coger and sophomore Shaheed Davis fueled the opening four-minute second-half run that gave Eastern Florida a 62-39 lead and basically sealed the outcome.
"I was just hot," said the soft-spoken McReynolds. "Today I settled in."
Coger finished with 13 points, Davis with 12 and Comer with 11.
Next up for Eastern Florida is a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday match up with Pasco-Hernando Community College that is part of a Melbourne Campus doubleheader with the Eastern Florida women's team playing its home opener against the Webber College junior varsity at 5:30 p.m.
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