Fast First Half Leads Florida Tech to Victory Over the Fish

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Sailfish Junior Guard Johnny Lantz (Pictured) Poured in 18 Points Off the Bench on Wednesday Evening versus Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.Sailfish Junior Guard Johnny Lantz (Pictured) Poured in 18 Points Off the Bench on Wednesday Evening versus Florida Tech. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- A 26-point first-half lead for Florida Tech on Wednesday evening at the Clemente Center would be all the Panthers would need as they topped the century mark to the tune of a 102-82 win over Palm Beach Atlantic in men’s basketball action. All five Panthers’ starters reached double-figures on the night including a triple-double by senior Julius Reid as FIT cruised to the season sweep over PBA.

The Panthers (9-10) wasted little time in challenging the Sailfish (1-20) as they scored the first eight points of the game and stretched their early lead out to 21-5 with 13:34 to play in the opening half.

The FIT advantage would hit a game-high 26 points at 51-25 with under two minutes remaining in the half before settling on a 54-30 lead at the break.

Florida Tech managed a blistering 61.8-percent (21-34) field goal percentage in the opening 20 minutes while holding their opposition to just 37.9-percent (11-29) from the floor.

The second-half was a different offensive story for Palm Beach Atlantic as they turned things around to the tune of a 57.6-percent (19-33) mark of their own but it wasn’t enough as FIT eclipsed 100 points in the end.

Reid tied teammates Terrance Tubbs and Chris Carter for team-high honors in scoring on the night with 17 points however the senior point-guard came away with one of the more impressive statistical lines you are going to see in college basketball.

Reid finished his night with 17 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds and six steals while playing 34 minutes. He finished 5-of-8 from the field overall while netting all six of his free-throw attempts.

PBA sophomore standout Marcus Hardy shook off a slow first-half by his standards to finish with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting while knocking down 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Right behind Hardy’s production was 18 points off the bench from junior Johnny Lantz who knocked down 7-of-10 shots overall while doing a good portion of his damage from beyond the arc with four 3-pointers in seven attempts.

Christian Martinez and Dante Valentine followed Hardy and Lantz in the book with 13 points each.

PBA will continue their play against Sunshine State Conference opponents for their final four games as up next they will take on Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm.

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