OCALA-- The College of Central Florida men's basketball team came out victorious in the 101-97 double-overtime thriller over Santa Fe College on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.
CF (17-9) started off slow, trailing the Saints 21-9 in the early going of the first half, but bounced back to take a 38-37 lead into halftime.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the second half with turnovers and missed free throws proving pivotal.
The Patriots led 76-75 with 49 seconds left in the game. Seconds later, Santa Fe went to the line to shoot two and pulled ahead by one with 37 seconds remaining.
Saints led by two with less than 10 seconds to go, but CF's Quenton Jackson drained a jumper inside the paint to send it into overtime.
It would take an extra five minutes in double overtime for the Patriots to prevail. CF now improves to 6-2 in the Mid-Florida Conference.
Jackson finished the game with his first career triple-double, recording 20 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Four other Patriot players finished in double figures: Angelo Johnson (18), Jeremy Sheppard (16), Latrell Jones (16), and Ryan Layman (13).
As a team, CF shot over 54 percent from the field and forced 22 Santa Fe turnovers.
CF will have the week off before traveling to Eastern Florida State on Saturday for a crucial conference matchup. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Currently, CF and Eastern Florida are in a three-way tie with Daytona State College for first place in the conference.