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Eastern Florida Comes Up Short in 78-73 Loss to Santa Fe
Dec. 15, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's men's basketball team closed the game with a flourish but it wasn't enough as it suffered its second straight defeat falling to host Santa Fe College 78-73 on Sunday.
Santa Fe broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 11-3 with the victory in the final match-up of the weekend's Florida College Shootout in Gainesville.
Eastern Florida fell to 10-3.
In a game of runs Eastern Florida went on a 14-0 rampage to get back into the game and briefly led in the second half. But the Titans faltered, as Santa Fe caught fire and built an 18-point lead that was 14 with about a minute to play.
Eastern Florida then pressed on defense to spark the rally that saw it get to within two points - 74-72 - in the final seconds.
Sophomore Torrance Rowe led Eastern Florida with 14 points while freshman T.J. Cromer chipped in with 13 and sophomore Jure Gunjina with 12 points and five rebounds. Freshman Demetrius McReynolds added 10 points.
Santa Fe led 33-23 at halftime. Eastern Florida was 8-for-18 from the three-point line and 13-for-19 from the free-throw line. Santa Fe was 8-for-19 from the three-point line and 12-for-14 from the free-throw line.
Eastern Florida shot 26-for-61 from the floor for 42 percent while Santa Fe was 29-for-54 for 53 percent. Santa Fe outrebounded Eastern Florida 40-24, 29-15 on the defensive boards.
The 73 points were Eastern Florida's second-lowest offensive effort of the season, the first being 57 points in a 65-57 loss to Daytona State College on Nov. 6.
Eastern Florida saw its nine-game winning streak snapped in Saturday's opening Shootout round when it lost 99-93 to nationally fifth-ranked and state No. 1-ranked Chipola College.
The Titans are now off until the Dec. 30-31 Tallahassee Community College Holiday Classic where they play Gadsden State Community College of Alabama at 3 p.m. on Dec. 30 and East Mississippi Community College at 2 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Eastern Florida's next home game on the Melbourne Campus is its Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference opener against Indian River State College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.