Patriots down HCC for seventh straight time

Patriots down HCC for seventh straight time

TAMPA- The College of Central Florida men's basketball team continued its dominance of Hillsborough Community College on Tuesday night.

The Patriots (8-3), who haven't lost to the Hawks since 2008, downed HCC for the seventh time over the past three seasons with a 73-60 road win.

CF was led by Terrell Rogers (21 points, five assists), Corbyn Jackson (12 points, 10 rebounds), Barrington Alston (nine points, four rebounds), Dee Lewis (10 points), Miguel Reyes (five points, five rebounds) and Brandon Tabb (six points, two rebounds).

Rogers, the team's leading scorer, continued his strong play on the year and has now averaged 22 points on the year in two meetings with HCC.

Jackson, meanwhile, recorded his third game with at least 10 rebounds over his last four outings.

It was also Jackson's first double-double of the season and the first double-double recorded by a CF player this season. 

In his first meeting with HCC, Jackson pulled down one rebound and the Patriots held a three-rebound edge, but with his dominance on the glass, CF controlled the inside. 

Over his last four games, Jackson has averaged 8.3 rebounds per outing.

For Alston, the nine points tied a season-high, set earlier this season against Red Devil Academy.

He also missed his season-high in rebounds by one and has averaged 4.0 rebounds over his last three games, well over his 2.4 average on the year. 

Lewis, a sophomore guard, came off the bench to produce his second double-digit scoring effort of the season. 

The 10-point outing for Lewis was one point off his season high set earlier this season against Baltimore City.

The Patriots, who defeated HCC 73-70 in Ocala earlier this month, jumped out to a nine-point halftime edge and pulled away over the final 20 minutes. 

For the game, CF made 59.2 percent of its shots, aided by a 6-of-9 effort from 3-point range.

CF's shooting percentage was its best overall effort against an FCSAA member school this season.

In the win, the Patriots also outrebounded the Hawks by 10 and limited them to 42 percent from the field.

CF will be off until December 5 when it visits Pensacola State in a battle of state tournament teams from a year ago.

The Patriots defeated the Pirates last season in Ocala and have won two of the last three meetings with PSC, a state semifinalist last season.