Men's Basketball falls to Palm Beach State

Men's Basketball falls to Palm Beach State

OCALA-- The College of Central Florida men's basketball team got caught up in a 3-point barrage by visiting Palm Beach State in a battle of teams ranked in the top 10 in the FCSAA Coaches Poll.

After going 1-for-9 in the first half, Palm Beach buried 8-of-9 from 3-point range and earned a 93-78 win over CF at Patriots Gym.

The Panthers (10-2), who ended a lengthy homecourt winning streak for the Patriots a year ago, became the first team in recent memory to win consecutive games at CF in the Tim Ryan era.

CF (10-5) got a strong effort from point guard Terrell Rogers in the loss, scoring a career-high 33 points. 

Rogers scored 20 of his 33 points in the first half and made 11-of-22 shots from the floor and 10-of-11 from the foul line. He also added eight rebounds six steals and five assists in 31 minutes.

Rogers also set his season-high marks for field goals made and field goals attempted, rebounds and steals in the loss. 

The effort by Rogers in the opening half helped CF build a 38-36 halftime lead, but a 12-0 run midway through the second half by the Panthers turned things around.

Miguel Reyes added 14 points, while Brandon Tabb scored 10 for the Patriots, who made 20-of-24 from the foul line, but struggled to corral Palm Beach's offense.

Reyes scored 10 points after halftime and was 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

The Panthers made 31-of-57 from the floor and 22-of-30 from the foul line. Palm Beach also held a 35-28 rebounding edge and held a 27-10 advantage in bench scoring.

Bobby Conley led the Panthers with 25 points and six assists, while Jarrell Marshall scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

CF had its last lead at 46-45 on a layup by Rogers with 16:29 left, before Marshall, who scored 14 points after halftime, gave the visitors the lead for good with a 3-pointer.

From there, the Panthers made four shots from beyond the arc over the next three-plus minutes.

CF would get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way in a game that featured 11 lead changes and two ties prior to the outside onslaught by the Panthers.

The Patriots return to action on Saturday night when they host Indian River State at 8 p.m. in the Florida Men's Colleges Shootout.

Other games on Saturday at CF include: Gulf Coast-Eastern Florida (noon), State College of Florida-Tallahassee (2 p.m.), Hillsborough-Palm Beach State (4 p.m.), Northwest Florida State-Daytona State (6 p.m.).