Tallahassee, FL - In a rematch of last year’s FCCAA Championship Game, FCCAA No. 1/NJCAA No. 3 Northwest Florida State College got 25 points from sophomore center Carl Hall and some timely shooting late in the second half to post a 68-60 come from behind victory over FCCAA No. 7 Tallahassee Community College in Panhandle Conference action at the Eagledome on Tuesday evening.
Despite a sluggish offensive start that saw the Raiders jump out to an early 11-2 lead, the Eagles were able to take a 33-27 lead into the half, thanks in large part to the play of sophomore forward Richard Anderson (six points) and freshman Leek Leek (seven points). The Eagles also got five first half points from freshman reserve Marterrace Brock.
Tallahassee eventually built its lead to double-digits at the 8:27 mark of the second half, but that lead would be erased over the next seven minutes. When Raider guard Daronte Clark hit the second of two second- half three-pointers, Northwest Florida State had erased the deficit completely and forged ahead 61-60. The Raiders scored seven points following Clark’s go-ahead three-pointer, capping a game-ending 15-0 run to hand the Eagles their second consecutive conference lost.
Tallahassee was held scoreless for the final 5:01.
Leek finished with a team-high 13 points for Tallahassee, while Anderson chipped in with 12.
Hall’s 25 led the way for the Raiders, who also got contributions from Clark (12 points) and Emmanuel Andrews (14 points).
Tallahassee (15-6, 1-2 PC) returns to action on Tuesday, January 18 when it pays a visit to arch rival Chipola College. Game time is slated for 8:30 p.m.
NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE (68) – Neiko Hunter, 6; Daronte Clark, 12; Kahlil Owens, 2; Carl Hall, 25; Emmanuel Andrews, 14; Teraes Clemmons, 3; Rod Rucker, 6.
TALLAHASSEE (60) – Marterrace Brock, 9; Christian Farmer, 6; Carlyle Francis, 2; Derick Beltran, 7; Leek Leek, 13; Yakimi Noble, 2; Rashard McGill, 7; Chasen Campbell, 2; Richard Anderson, 12.
Halftime: Tallahassee 33, Northwest Florida State 27
Records: Tallahassee (15-6, 1-2), Northwest Florida State (17-1, 2-0)