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Eagle men beat Santa Fe to improve to 5-0

Kiair Crouch scored 22 points to lead NJCAA Region 8 No. 3 Tallahassee Community College past Santa Fe College, 75-59, on Tuesday evening in men’s college basketball action.

The Eagles remain unbeaten and will carry a 5-0 record into this weekend’s Milton H. Johnson Classic at Chipola College. Santa Fe is now 2-3.

Tallahassee used a suffocating defense to jump out to a 37-19 halftime lead. The Eagles held Santa Fe to just 22.6 percent (7-of-31) shooting during the opening 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Tallahassee methodically took control of the game behind Crouch, who posted 13 of his 22 points in the opening half. His three-pointer at the 7:02 mark pushed the Eagles’ lead to 26-12. When he scored with 1:27 left in the half, Tallahassee led 35-18, and the Eagles took a 37-19 lead to the locker room.

Tallahassee put the game away with an 11-2 run to open the second half. Santa Fe threatened briefly, pulling to within ten (57-47) with 6:08 left, but that’s as close as the Saints would get.

Jacob Winston came off the bench to score 12 for Tallahassee. David Simmons added 11.

Sean Dinkins led Santa Fe with 16 points.

Tallahassee will play in Marianna at 4 p.m. eastern both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game is against Combine Academy.

Eagle women upset by Santa Fe

Santa Fe College outscored Tallahassee Community College 29-20 in the fourth quarter to erase a seven-point deficit and knock off the previously unbeaten Eagles, 85-83, on Tuesday evening.

Tallahassee, ranked No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Region 8 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll, dropped to 3-1 while Santa Fe improved to 3-2.

After trailing by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, Tallahassee had seemingly taken control midway through the third. The Eagles opened the quarter on a 23-6 run, capped by Japonica James’ three-point play for a 57-45 lead at the 4:48 mark.

Tallahassee’s lead was still 11 (63-52) entering the final minute of the third, but Santa Fe closed with five straight points to pull within 63-57 as the game moved to the fourth quarter.

With the game hanging in the balance, a pair of three-pointers by Corey Staples swung the momentum in Santa Fe’s favor. The first tied the game at 73 with 3:51 left. Just over a minute later, she knocked down another one from long distance to break a 75-all tie and give the Saints the lead.

Lawriell Wilson answered with a three-point play to tie the game and the Eagles later forced a tie at 80-all, but Arianna Emanuel-Wright’s basket with 1:58 left gave the Saints the lead for good.

Trailing 85-83, the Eagles had one final shot with one second remaining, but Janessa Murphy’s game-tying basket came after the final buzzer.

Wilson, James and Jas Hill combined to score 72 of the Eagles’ 83 points.

Hill led all scorers with 27 points. Wilson added 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds. James finished with 21 points.

Staples led Santa Fe with 19.