TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
Game 25: Panthers Conclude Nonconference Schedule on Wednesday
MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s Basketball) – Florida Tech’s (14-10) fourth annual Make-A-Wish Night tips off on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Clemente Center as the Panthers host Palm Beach Atlantic University (8-15) looking for their sixth consecutive victory against the Sailfish.
The Pie-A-Coach contest will take place at halftime and features head volleyball coach Amy O’Brien, special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach Dan Sabock, head athletic trainer Jay Johnson, head softball coach Val Silvestrini and head women’s rowing coach Adam Thorstad. Fans have the opportunity to join in on the fun by making a donation in support of their favorite contestant. The coach that accumulates the most tickets will receive the most pies. Two tickets are being sold for $1. All proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Donations can be made prior to the game and throughout the first half. Wednesday’s slate is the final home game before the men’s and women’s basketball programs conclude the regular season hosting Barry University on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Last Time Out
The bench came up big and Robert Booth and Isaac Spence teamed for 24 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals and 9-of-15 shooting but Florida Tech (14-10, 4-9 SSC) fell to No. 10 Florida Southern College (22-2, 11-2 SSC), 93-83, on Saturday afternoon at the Clemente Center.
Spence scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting to lead all bench scorers and added five rebounds – all offensive – three assists and two steals and Booth provided nine rebounds and nine points in 19 minutes of action but the Mocs swept the season series from the Panthers for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Last Time They Met
Leading the Panthers by 13 to begin the second half, Palm Beach Atlantic (1-2) looked to learn its first victory against Florida Tech (4-0) in six meetings. However, a change in defensive scheme limited the Sailfish to 15 percent shooting in the second half, allowing the Panthers to come from behind and earn the historic 75-69 victory. With the win, head coach Billy Mims became the winningest coach in Florida Tech history with 126 victories, surpassing Andy Russo for sole possession of first place.
The Panthers conclude the 2013-14 regular season with road contests at Eckerd College (Feb. 22) and Nova Southeastern University (Feb. 26) and Senior Day is set for Saturday, March 1 against Barry. The contest at the Tritons is set for a 4 p.m. start.
Mims is 16-5 all-time versus the Sailfish. Mims is 224-227 as a college head coach and 136-118 at FIT while David Balza is in his first year at the helm of Palm Beach Atlantic. Balza is 225-209 all-time and coached Florida Gulf Coast University thru its transition to Division I.