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Dangerous Daytona State Visits Eastern Florida Men on Saturday
Jan. 10, 2014 - When a basketball team steps out of its conference schedule at this point of the season it's usually against a team of lesser talent.
That's certainly not the case for Eastern Florida State's men's basketball team on Saturday as it hosts Daytona State College at 4 p.m. in a game re-scheduled from mid-November.
After all Eastern Florida fell 65-57 to Daytona on Nov. 6 in Daytona Beach. The 57 points was by far Eastern Florida's lowest output of the season to date en route to a 14-4 record.
Daytona State comes into Saturday at 16-2 and on a 12-game winning streak which includes a forfeit victory over Tallahassee Community College.
While the match-up won't impact Eastern Florida's drive to defend its Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference championship it will pose a significant obstacle to the Titans 25-game home court winning streak. It also will provide Titans head coach Jeremy Shulman a measuring stick on how far his team has progressed this season.
Daytona is ranked 22nd in the latest NJCAA Division I national poll and fourth in the FCSAA Coaches Poll. Eastern Florida is tied with Santa Fe for sixth in the FCSAA poll.
The Falcons have five players averaging double figures in points per game led by freshman forward Tanksley Efianayi at 15.4. Sophomore forward Rashaun Stimage is averaging 13.2; sophomore guard Ayinde Sprewell 13; sophomore guard Dylan Poston 11.9; and freshman guard Paris Clayton 11.5. Sophomore William Ransom leads in rebounds with 7.5 per game, followed by Sprewell at 7.4. Clayton leads in assists at 3.1.
Eastern Florida is coming off an 80-65 conference-opening victory over Indian River State on Wednesday in Melbourne where sophomores Torrance Rowe, Mike Kirkland, Ben Patrick and Jure Gunjina accounted for the team's final 29 points after the Titans fell behind 52-51.
Head coach Jeremy Shulman will be looking to the quartet plus sophomore Julian Adams, freshmen Demetrius McReynolds, Landus Anderson and Jermonh Queen – all who played vital roles on Wednesday – to step up again along with sophomore Shaheed Davis and freshmen T.J. Cromer, Tyrek Coger and Cam Scott.
McReynolds leads Eastern Florida in scoring at 13.8 points per game despite coming off the bench. He is one of five players in double figures the others being Rowe (13.6), Davis (11.1) , Gunjina (10.5) and Kirkland (10.1).
Kirkland leads in rebounding with seven per game while Patrick leads in assists at 5.9 per game. Queen leads in steals at 1.8 per game.
Eastern Florida returns to conference competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, visiting Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth and hosting Miami Dade College at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
Admission to Eastern Florida home games is free.