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Eastern Florida Men Score Another Victory, Dispatching FSCJ 88-73

Dec. 7, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's men's basketball team dispatched a scrappy Florida State College Jacksonville team 88-73 on Saturday for its eighth straight victory and its 23rd straight at home.

The victory, which marked the eighth time this season that the Titans have scored 80 or more points, improved Eastern Florida's record to 9-1.

Once again it was a second-half surge that made the difference. Leading 34-32 just 34 seconds into the second half, the Titans went on a 22-5 run for a 56-37 lead with 13 minutes and 10 seconds to play, sparked by consecutive dunks by sophomore Shaheed Davis that gave Eastern Florida a 44-34 lead.

And while FSCJ didn't get close enough to make it a close affair down the stretch it reduced the game to one of pressing, grinding defense which sent the Titans to the free throw line 22 times where they were successful 14 times.

Sophomore Jure Gunjina led the Titans with 21 points while freshman T.J. Cromer contributed 14 and classmate Demetrius McReynolds 12.

Sophomore Ben Patrick scored nine points, sinking all six of his free throws in the second half.

"It was a dogfight," Patrick said. "Our sophomores were tough. Jure was great. Mike (Kirkland) and Shaheed were great. We pulled it out with leadership. We have a lot of competitive guys. We compete hard in practice every day. Everybody wants to play as hard as they can in the games."

And as has been the case, a different player takes the reins every game. On Saturday it was Gunjina's turn.

"They're a good team, well-balanced like us," Gunjina said of FSCJ. "We've probably got a better bench. We have more players to play. Every night a different player steps up.

"Tonight it was my turn. Next time it will be someone else. That's how we are. Balanced."

FSCJ fell to 5-5 with the loss, its second of the season to Eastern Florida which beat it 79-74 on Nov. 13 in Jacksonville.

Next up for the Titans is a 7 p.m. Wednesday re-match with Tampa's TAAG Academy in the Melbourne Campus gym. The Titans beat TAAG 80-53 on Nov. 16 in Melbourne.

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