Men's Basketball downs rival Santa Fe

Men's Basketball downs rival Santa Fe

GAINESVILLE-- Anyone who saw the College of Central Florida men's basketball team's earlier game against rival Santa Fe knew the Saints liked to shoot the 3-pointer.

The Patriots made sure SFC never got going this time around and in turn rolled to a 71-51 road win on Saturday afternoon.

CF (18-7, 3-1) held the Saints to an 0-for-21 mark from 3-point range and improved to 2-0 against SFC this season.

"That's amazing," CF assistant coach Tito Arias said. "I don't think that I have ever seen that before."

The Patriots forced 15 turnovers and held SFC to 34 percent overall shooting, 31 percent after halftime.

SFC, who lost 61-56 in Ocala earlier this month, once again failed to get much going on the offensive end.

"Diamonte Lewis and Miguel Cartagena Reyes really did a nice job on (Wyoming signee) Morris Marshall and that was key," Arias said. 

Marshall, who scored 26 points and made three shots from NBA 3-point range late in the first meeting, was held to 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting, which included an 0-of-5 mark from beyond the arc.

For CF, Terrell Rogers led the way with 22 points, while Amir Warnock scored 12 off the bench. Lewis scored eight points and Eddy Polanco grabbed six rebounds off the bench.

CF has now won 18 of the last 20 games against Santa Fe over the past six seasons. The Patriots are 9-1 both at home and on the road against SFC during that span.

CF will now visit Daytona State, the conference leader, on Wednesday evening.

The Falcons won at FSC-Jacksonville on Saturday and remained perfect in conference play. Earlier this season, the Falcons won in Ocala for the first time since 2010 to take the early conference lead.