Tallahassee, FL - Less than 48 hours after suffering a 36-point loss at the College of Central Florida, FCCAA No. 6 Tallahassee Community College delivered a convincing 83-59 win over Hillsborough Community College on Tuesday evening at the Eagledome.
Sunday’s 84-48 loss at Central Florida was the largest margin of defeat in school history, but that game appeared to be a thing of the past on Tuesday. Tallahassee never trailed against the Hawks and its defense limited Hillsborough to 30.5 percent (18-of-59) shooting for the game, including 8-of-27 in the first half.
With the win, Tallahassee (12-3) picked up its 12th win of the season.
Tuesday’s game was briefly tied at 3-3 but Leek Leek scored three unanswered baskets for Tallahassee and the Eagles never trailed again.
Leek led all scorers with a career-high 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
The Eagles’ lead hit double-figures for the first time at the 7:21 mark of the first half when Derick Beltran found an open Rashard McGill. Later in the half, an 11-1 run, capped by another Leek basket, pushed Tallahassee’s lead to 35-17.
Tallahassee eventually took a 37-22 lead to the locker room.
The Eagles were never seriously threatened in the second half. Tallahassee shot at a 51.9 percent clip (14-of-27) and hit 16-of-21 from the free throw line during the final 20 minutes.
Four players joined Leek in double-figures for Tallahassee, including a trio of 13-point scorers – Beltran, McGill and Carlyle Francis. Marterrace Brock added 12.
Tallahassee also got a boost from freshman forward Chasen Campbell. The Charlotte, N.C., native made his collegiate debut on Tuesday after sitting out the first 14 games with an injury. In seven minutes, Campbell hit his only field goal attempt and also recorded one rebound, one assist and one block.
Justin Edwards scored 18 points to pace Hillsborough (4-9). Joshua McMillian and Richard Harris added 11 points each.
Tallahassee will play its final game before the Christmas break at 6 p.m. Friday when it hosts Daytona State College.
HILLSBOROUGH (59) – Joshua McMillian, 11; Buddy McClendon, 3; Michael Paramore, 8; Mitchell Wiggins, 4; Justin Edwards, 18; John Florveus, 4; Richard Harris, 11.
TALLAHASSEE (83) – Marterrace Brock, 12; Christian Farmer, 3; Carlyle Francis, 13; Derick Beltran, 13; Leek Leek, 19; Yakimi Noble, 2; Rashard McGill, 13; Michael Hnatiuk, 3; Chasen Campbell, 2; Richard Anderson, 3.
Halftime: Tallahassee 37, Hillsborough 22
Records: Tallahassee (12-3), Hillsborough (4-9)