TALLAHASSEE, Fl. - (tcceagles.com) — Four players scored in double-figures for NJCAA No. 3/Region 8 No. 1 Tallahassee Community College in Saturday's 76-58 win over Hillsborough Community College in the men's home opener.
Tallahassee is now 2-0 on the young season while Hillsborough dropped to 0-2 with both losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents. The Hawks lost to Florida SouthWestern State College on Wednesday.
The Eagles struggled to find their shooting touch on Saturday, connecting on only 25-of-77 shots overall (32.5 percent) and 10-of-42 (23.8 percent) from long distance. Defensively, it was another story, however.
Tallahassee scored 29 points off 39 Hillsborough turnovers, held the Hawks to 18-of-50 shooting (36.0 percent) and won the rebounding battle, 49-42.
The Eagles scored the first seven points of the game and held Hillsborough scoreless for the first five minutes, eventually leading 15-3. The Hawks slowly chipped away and were within five, 25-20, entering the final two minutes of the half. That's when Tallahassee made a game-changing run.
Twelve unanswered points, including eight in the final half minute, swung the momentum and sent the Eagles to the locker room in front, 37-20.
Tallahassee led by as many as 25 in the second half.
Tallahassee will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts Andrew (Ga.) College at 7 p.m.