Santa Fe College Hoops: Men and Women Fall on Saturday
Gainesville, FL – The College of Central Florida pulled out another close game against the Santa Fe Saints on Saturday afternoon, this time by just two points, 60-58. This is the second win for the Patriots (20-5, 3-1 MFC) against SF this season. The first was also in Gainesville on January 25, 62-55.
The Saints (16-7, 1-3 MFC) were in control well in to the second half, but the offense never got going against the athletic zone defense of CF. SF made just five field goals in the second period and scored only one point over the final four minutes as they watched their seven point lead evaporate.
CF’s Rasham Suarez made the comeback complete, making two free throws with 27 seconds left to give the Patriot a one point lead. The Saints turned the ball over with 6.5 seconds remaining and Suarez added one of two free throws for the two point advantage.
Facing a two point deficit with 5.4 seconds, Jon Hood took the inbound pass the length of the court and passed off to an open Shea Jones who just missed on a good look from the three point line as time expired.
“I feel like we played very well, but we just didn’t do enough at the end to get the win,” said SF Coach Chris Mowry. “Central Florida is a very talented team. We have to learn how to win games like that.
CF outrebounded the Saints 42-28 and shot 56% in the second half compared to just 23% for Santa Fe.
Shea Jones led Santa Fe with 11 points and Jon Hood and Morris Marshall had 10 each.
The Saints will play a nonconference game on Tuesday, February 4 against Pasco Hernando CC at 7:00 PM. The next conference game is at home on February 8 against FSC-J at 4:00 PM. That game will be live on www.ihigh.com/santafesaints
The Hillsborough CC Hawks (15-10, 4-3 MFC) were firing on all cylinders on Saturday afternoon against the Santa Fe Saints Women (9-14, 4-4 MFC) as they pulled away early on and never looked back on route to a 92-77 win.
The Hawks were led by Rachel Reid who sparked the first half run, scoring 16 points in the first 20 minutes, including four three pointers. She finished with a game high 27 points.
Hillsborough built the lead up to as much as 25 in the second half and the Saints never got closer than 13.
Stephanie Ball did what she could, scoring 21 to lead SF. Tori Baggett added 18 points and Jaquasha Sesler had 10.
The Saints will have a week off before returning to the court on Saturday, February 8 at home against Florida State College-Jacksonville at 2:00 PM. The game will be broadcast live onwww.ihigh.com/santafesaints
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