Patriots fall to No. 1 Northwest Florida State

Patriots fall to No. 1 Northwest Florida State

OCALA--The College of Central Florida men's basketball team had no answers for Northwest Florida State on Sunday evening in the Florida Men's Colleges Shootout.

The Patriots never led and trailed by as many as 29 in a 92-66 loss to the Raiders (14-0), the nation's fourth-ranked team.

CF made just 4-of-24 shots from 3-point range and turned the ball over 22 times.

Miguel Reyes, Brandon Tabb and Diamonte Lewis scored 10 points each to lead the Patriots in scoring.

Lewis scored nine of his points in the first half and made a 3-pointer at the 9:45 mark of the first half, but the Raiders responded with a 17-4 run to grab the game's momentum.

CF got as close as 16 points in the second half, as it attempted to battle back.

NWFS was just too much as they won the first meeting between the schools since the 2013 NJCAA National Championship Game, won by the Patriots.

The Patriots made just 36.2 percent of their shots in the loss and were outrebounded 46-35.

CF allowed 23 points off turnovers in the first half and was outscored 7-1 on second-chance points, as the Raiders remained unbeaten.

Terrell Rogers added six assists and two steals for the Patriots, while Barrington Alston grabbed seven rebounds. 

Corbyn Jackson scored all nine of his points after halftime for CF and added five rebounds.

NWFS, meanwhile, made 33-of-66 from the floor in a game that saw 49 fouls called and a combined 56 free throws attempted.

The Raiders were good on 19-of-24 at the foul line.

Jalen Jackson (18 points, eight rebounds), Benji Bell (18 points),  Brandon Austin (17 points, four rebounds, four assists), Jordan Capps (15 points, seven rebounds, three blocks) and Treshaad Williams (11 points, six rebounds) were the standouts for NWFS.

The men will hit the court for one final game of 2014, a scrimmage, on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. against the top high school program in the country, Montverde Academy.