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Eastern Florida Men Visit Broward Tonight for Key Conference Game

Jan. 22, 2014 - While it is still too early in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference season to declare games as must-wins, Eastern Florida State's men's basketball team faces two important road match-ups this week.

The Titans, 17-4 overall and 3-0 in conference, visit much-improved Broward College (15-4, 3-0) at 7 p.m. today in Davie and then travel to Fort Pierce on Saturday for a 2 p.m. re-match with Indian River State.

The Broward match-up is the first of the season for the Titans while the Indian River game marks Eastern Florida's second of three trips through the conference. The Titans beat Indian River 80-65 in their Jan. 8 conference opener in Melbourne.

"Tonight is another fun, exciting conference showdown on the road," Eastern Florida head coach Jeremy Shulman said. "Broward is an outstanding team, well coached by Bob Starkman, and is off to its best conference start in years. Every night is a battle in this conference, and tonight will be no different. It should be a fun one."

Broward has four players averaging double figures in points led by sophomore guard Dashawn Richmond at 16.1 per game. Sophomore guard T.J. Johnson and sophomore forward David Gaberlavage are averaging 12.6 per game and sophomore guard Kareem Roach is averaging 10 points per game and 10.1 rebounds.

Freshman guard William Cruz is averaging 5.5 assists per game. Also, Broward's three-point shooting percentage of 39.3 percent is good for 13th in the nation and its 11.7 steals per game are good for ninth.

Sophomore guard Torrance Rowe leads Eastern Florida in scoring at 14.1 points per game. Freshman reserve guard Demetrius McReynolds is second at 13.4, sophomore forward Shaheed Davis third at 11.1 and sophomore forward Jure Gunjina fourth at 10.6.

Sophomore Mike Kirkland and Gunjina lead in rebounding at 6.4 and 6.2 per game respectively. Sophomore Ben Patrick leads in assists with 5.8. Patrick ranks 10th nationally in two categories: assists with 115 and assists to turnover ratio at 4.4.

Eastern Florida ranks ninth nationally in three-pointers made per game at 9.2, is 16th in points at 1,857, 18th in assists per game at 19.3 and 20th in steals per game at 10.7.