PENSACOLA- The College of Central Florida men's basketball team came up short against Pensacola State in the Select Physical Therapy Classic on Friday night.
The Patriots (8-4) got 22 points from Terrell Rogers, but were unable to recover and fell 74-72 to the Pirates. Rogers made 12-of-16 free throws for CF, who trailed by six at halftime.
CF shot just 21-of-61 from the floor and was outrebounded 41-31 in the loss.
Jamal Thomas led PSC with 16 points, while Kier Anderson scored 13.
Shamar Johnson, a strong post presence for the Pirates, finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.
It was the first game for CF against a Panhandle Conference opponent this season and a big win for PSC, a team that started off the regular season ranked No. 2 in the FCSAA State Coaches Poll.
As usual, the two teams battled down to the wire.
Pensacola was the last team to win in Ocala before CF's run to the national championship Last year, the Patriots held off the Pirates in a close one in Ocala to kickoff the Florida Men's Basketball JUCO Shootout.
Over the past four years, the two teams have split four meetings. Each team is now 1-1 on the others' homecourt.
CF won its last trip to Pensacola in 2012 during its national championship season.
Pensacola, a state tournament like CF a year ago, snapped a two-game losing streak to the Patriots.