OCALA-- The College of Central Florida men's basketball got a much-needed spark from Brandon Tabb.
Tabb, a sharpshooting freshman, buried four 3-pointers and scored all 14 of his points after halftime, as the Patriots earned a 70-62 win over Indian River State on Saturday night at CF in the Florida Men's Colleges Shootout.
CF led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but saw the Pioneers battle back to tie the game at halftime.
From there, the Patriots took the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 15:55 remaining.
For the game, CF (11-5) made 10-of-26 shots from 3-point range, compared to a 1-of-9 effort by Indian River.
Diamonte Lewis (13 points) and Miguel Reyes (13 points) also turned in strong games for the Patriots.
Lewis, who added four rebounds, helped CF to a 29-20 scoring edge off the bench.
Meanwhile, Reyes made 3-of-8 from 3-point range and scored nine of his points in the opening half.
Corbyn Jackson also had a strong game with seven points and 12 rebounds for CF, which held Indian River to 38.3 percent shooting.
The Pionners also struggled at the foul line with a 15-of-29 effort.
CF will return to action on Sunday night at 6 against Northwest Florida State.
The Raiders knocked off Daytona State 83-78 after using a late 15-4 run over the final three minutes to wipe out a six-point deficit.
This will be the first meeting between CF and NWFS since the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Game, won by the Patriots.
The Raiders enter the game undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation and first in the state.