Men's Basketball downs conference rival FSCJ

Men's Basketball downs conference rival FSCJ

OCALA--The College of Central Florida men's basketball team won its fourth straight Mid-Florida Conference game on Saturday night with a 99-84 rout of FSC-Jacksonville.

The Patriots (20-7, 5-1) remained tied atop the MFC with Daytona State, who knocked off Santa Fe 88-76 on Saturday.

Terrell Rogers and Brandon Tabb scored 19 points each to lead CF. Diamante Lewis added 16, while Barrington Alston (12) and Miguel Cartagena Reyes (11) also contributed.

The Patriots led by 13 at halftime and cruised from there to improve to 2-0 against the Blue Wave this season.

CF has lost just once against FSC-J over the past four seasons.

The Patriots will host rival Santa Fe on Saturday night at 7:30. CF is 2-0 against the Saints this season and has won 19 of the last 21 meetings with their I-75 rival.

With three games left in the MFC regular season, CF and Daytona State are both three games ahead of third-place Santa Fe and a full six against FSC-J.

The Patriots will host Daytona State on February 18 as part of the final three-game rotation in MFC play.

The winner of the Mid-Florida Conference advances to the state tournament, while the runner-up during the regular season will have to navigate through the conference tournament. The No. 3 seed hosts the No. 4 seed with the winner facing the No. 2 seed.

Over the last six seasons, only CF and Daytona have won MFC titles with the last school other than those two being Santa Fe seven years ago.