#CFMBB UPSET NJCAA #25 EASTERN FLORIDA IN CONFERENCE OPENER

#CFMBB UPSET NJCAA #25 EASTERN FLORIDA IN CONFERENCE OPENER

OCALA-- The College of Central Florida men's basketball team dialed up a major upset, going on the road to defeat NJCAA No. 25 Eastern Florida State College in the Mid-Florida Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at Titan Field House in Melbourne, Fla. 

CF went into the half down 31-28, but came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, including 16 second-half points from sophomore guard Jeremy Shepperd, to out-score the Titans 43-29 in the second half to defeat EFSC 71-60. With the win, the Patriots kickoff Mid-Florida Conference play 1-0.

The Patriots held a 60-50 lead with 3:30 left to play in the game, but the Titans mounted a comeback forcing consecutive turnovers to close the gap to four points with 2:20 left on the clock. Shepperd would drain a three-pointer with two minutes to play to provide breathing room and help secure the eventual win.

Shepperd finished the afternoon with a team-high 26 points, his third consecutive 20-plus point game. Quenton Jackson added 12 points and Jaron Williams notched 11.

CF will be back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Florida State College at Jacksonville for a conference doubleheader at Patriot Gym. The women will tipoff at 6 p.m. and the men will follow at 8 p.m.