Men's Basketball downs FSCJ, gives Coach Ryan 300th win

Men's Basketball downs FSCJ, gives Coach Ryan 300th win

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OCALA--College of Central Florida men's basketball coach Tim Ryan achieved another milestone in his hall of fame career.

Ryan, a member of the FCSAA Men's Basketball Hall of Fame and one of four coaches to lead a Florida JUCO program to a national championship, earned his 300th career victory on Wednesday, as the Patriots knocked off Florida State College at Jacksonville 72-44.

With the win, CF (22-6, 5-2) maintained sole possession of first place in the Mid-Florida Conference, as Ryan became the 17th coach in state history to win 300 games.

Ryan, one of three actives coaches in Florida with over 300 wins, joined Gene Smithson as the only CF coaches to surpass the 300-win mark.

Smithson won 306 games during his time as head coach of the Patriots.

On Wednesday night, the Patriots used a strong defensive effort to help Ryan join some elite company.

CF held FSC-J to 26.7 percent shooting overall and 20.7 percent shooting from 3-point range.

The Blue Wave, who fell to 0-3 against the Patriots on the year, trailed 27-24 late in the first half, before CF closed with a 7-0 run.

FSC-J then made 23.3 percent of its shots after halftime and was never in the game during the second half.

Devaughn Jenkins (15 points), Brandon Tabb (11 points), Eddy Polanco (10 points, nine rebounds), Paul Turner (nine points) and K.J. Maura (eight assists) led the way for CF.

The Patriots have two MFC games remaining, with their next matchup on the road against Daytona State.

The two teams have split a pair of games this season with the home team winning both contests.

CF did manage to win in Daytona in 2015.

The game has major playoff implications, as the MFC no longer has a conference tournament and head-to-head matchups determine tiebreakers.