Men's Basketball takes down No. 14 Monroe College

Men's Basketball takes down No. 14 Monroe College

OCALA--Sparked by a 22-3 run that overlapped the two halves, the College of Central Florida men's basketball team was able to outdistance itself from Monroe College.

The Patriots (4-2) improved to 4-0 at home, as they knocked off the nation's No. 14 team by a 75-66 score on Thursday night.

CF, winners of two straight, led by as many as 18 points in the second half, before the Mustangs (2-1) got to within six points with just over eight minutes left.

From there, the Patriots held Monroe without a point for nearly five minutes and went on a 9-0 run to go up by 13.

The Mustangs got to within five in the final minute, as CF was down to six available players after four were lost due to fouls.

CF, though, held on for its biggest win on the season thus far.

Allen Costley (19 points), Eddy Polanco (15 points, five rebounds), Kevin Maura (nine points, eight assists), Malik Dunbar (seven points, five rebounds) and Jaquan Murray (seven points) led the way for the Patriots.

Costley scored 12 points in the first half and CF made 7-of-13 from 3-point range, as it took a 34-29 halftime edge.

The Patriots trailed by as many as eight early in the game, but limited the Mustangs to 7-of-25 shooting.

Monroe was able to stay in the game, as it made 29-of-43 free throws, but the surge by CF that started with it scoring the final six points of the first half wound up being too much.

For the game, CF made 23-of-51 shots and outrebounded the Mustangs 39-37 in a game that saw 59 combined fouls, 34 on the Patriots.

Up next for the Patriots is a home game against Pensacola State on Saturday afternoon at 4.