Men's Basketball defeats Saints in OT season finale thriller

Men's Basketball defeats Saints in OT season finale thriller

OCALA--The College of Central Florida men's basketball team clinched at least a share of the Mid-Florida Conference title with an 88-81 overtime win over rival Santa Fe on Saturday night.

CF (6-3 in the MFC) used a 7-0 run in overtime and got career-high efforts from Eddy Polanco and Iseoluwapo Jegede in the victory.

Polanco (31 points, 10 rebounds) and Jegede (20 points, 12 rebounds) notched career-best efforts in points, as the Patriots needed all of them to knock off conference rival Santa Fe for the 23rd time in 26 meetings.

CF saw Santa Fe send the game into overtime on a 3-pointer by LaBrien Shiflet with 0.4 seconds left in regulation.

From there, the Patriots used a 7-0 run after Shiflet's ninth 3-pointer of the night and kept the Saints, who missed all five of their free throw attempts in the extra session, at bay down the stretch.

Shiflet led Santa Fe with 35 points.

CF led by as many as 11 in the second half, but saw a wild finish to regulation.

Polanco put them up 74-73 with a free throw with 32.3 seconds left and the Saints failed on a 3-pointer.

Allen Costley then was fouled and made a pair of free throws with seven seconds left.

SFC, though, calmly got the ball to Shiflet, whose 3-pointer was the go-ahead shot in the first meeting between the schools.

CF was unable to get a shot off following a timeout and the game went to overtime.

The Patriots took the lead for good on a layup by Jegede, which started the 7-0 run and brought a rabid CF crowd to its feet.

With the win, CF kept things up in the air in the MFC.

Should Daytona State lose on Monday to FSC-Jacksonville, CF will claim the MFC title outright. A win by the Falcons and they would be the No. 1 seed and share the conference title with the Patriots.

DSC would be the No. 1 seed from the MFC by virtue of winning the season series with the Patriots, 2-1.