By Justin Rocksund
The St. Petersburg College Men’s basketball Titans defended home-court, and their 7-game winning streak, on Wednesday, February 18th, defeating the Polk State Eagles 87-77 at the St. Petersburg-Gibbs campus gym.
The last game of the regular season was delayed a bit due to the earlier Lady Titan’s basketball game but tipped off shortly after 7PM. The Titans wasted no time in taking control early, using a frenetic pace and strong defense to race out to a 24-8 lead. A steal and a layup by Dondre Duffus, combined with a couple 3-pointers from Justin Satchell coming off the bench, contributed to the fast start.
The visiting Eagles proved resilient, using a 7-0 run midway through the 1st half to help them close within 6. The rest of the half was closely contested, but key baskets by Devonte Pratt and Jaquon Brownridge kept Polk State at bay, and the Titans led 41-32 at halftime.
Dyllon Hudson opened the scoring for the Titans in the second half, which was played at a blistering tempo led by Darelle Porter and his game-high 28 points. The Eagles would not back down and again pulled within 6 midway through the 2nd half. Despite Polk State out-rebounding the Titans 41-59, the Titans shot 47% for the game. Combine this stat with their balanced scoring – each Titan scored, with 4 players in double figures – and SPC’s offense proved to be too much, pulling away for a final score of 87-77.
St. Petersburg College improves their home record to 12-1 with this win and takes an 8-game overall winning streak into the conference tournament.
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