OCALA-- The College of Central Florida men's basketball team got going a little too late in an 84-77 loss at home to Daytona State on Wednesday night.
The Patriots trimmed a 21-point deficit to five in the final minutes, but couldn't overtake the Falcons, who won in Ocala for the first time since January 2010.
With the win, Daytona, the defending conference champion, moves into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Florida Conference.
CF went 6:04 without a field goal and was hit with a 16-1 run by the Falcons, who went into halftime up 37-28.
DSC pushed its lead to 21 with just over seven minutes remaining, but CF battled back to within five after a 3-pointer by Allen Costley with 34 seconds left.
The Falcons, though, held on with some key free throws down the stretch.
For the game, DSC made 26-of-43 free throws and 26-of-56 from the floor.
In all, there were 44 fouls called and three technicals whistled in the slugfest between conference rivals.
The Patriots made 26-of-67 shots and 9-of-30 from beyond the arc.
CF also got six assists from Terrell Rogers and four more from Reyes, while Iseoluwapo Jegede and Costley finished with five rebounds, just off the pace of Lewis, the team leader with six.
The Patriots will return to action with a road game at FSC-Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.