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Tallahassee Women, Men Pick Up Conference Wins Over Pensacola State

Tallahassee Women, Men Pick Up Conference Wins Over Pensacola State
Posted at 12:33 AM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 00:33:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 24, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College’s women’s basketball team hit the century mark on Tuesday, scoring a 106-70 victory over Pensacola State College in Panhandle Conference action.

The win improved Tallahassee (18-3) to 3-2 in PC play and moved the Eagles into a second-place tie with Chipola College, who lost to Gulf Coast State College on Tuesday, 78-73. Pensacola State (16-5, 1-4 PC) has dropped four in a row since upsetting Tallahassee on January 7 in the conference opener.

Tuesday’s game was never in doubt.

The Eagles led 4-3 less than two minutes in then went on a 28-2 in just under six minutes to blow the game wide open.

A pair of free throws from Japonica James gave Tallahassee a 32-5 lead at the 2:26 mark, and the Eagles led 34-11 after a quarter.

Tallahassee only outscored Pensacola State by 13 points the rest of the way but the damage was done.

The lead reached 31 on a basket by Kiara Gaines at the 8:10 mark of the second quarter and hovered near the 30-point mark the rest of the quarter. Lawriell Wilson gave the Eagles a 58-25 lead in the final half minute, but the Pirates scored the final basket of the quarter and went to the intermission trailing 58-27.

Tallahassee outscored Pensacola State 23-22 in the third to extend its lead by a point and took an 81-49 advantage to the final quarter.

The Eagles hit the century mark on Jas Hill’s free throw with 2:37 remaining, the seventh 100-point game of the season for Tallahassee.

Hill finished with 20 points, one of three players with 20 or more for Tallahassee. Wilson scored a game-high 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. James had a double-double of her own – 25 points and 11 rebounds. Janessa Murphy also reached double-figures with 15.

Tallahassee Community College’s men’s basketball team got back on the winning track on Tuesday, defeating Pensacola State College, 63-45, in Panhandle Conference play.

Tallahassee (21-2) improved to 4-1 in PC play and pulled within one-half game of idle Northwest Florida State College for first place in the league standings. Pensacola State is now 11-9 (1-4 PC).

The host Eagles needed very little time to show they had put Saturday’s 78-76 loss to Northwest Florida State in the rearview mirror.

Just five minutes into the game, Tallahassee led 12-2 and the Pirates didn’t reach double-digits on the scoreboard until the 5:14 mark of the half on a basket by Gerald Williams.

Tallahassee led 30-12 at the intermission.

An 8-0 run early in the second half extended the Eagles’ lead to 47-20, their largest of the night, with 13:07 left in the game. They matched the lead a little over a minute later and cruised from there.

Tallahassee delivered another stellar defensive effort, limiting the Pirates to just 30.0 percent (15-of-50) shooting from the floor and 2-of-14 from long distance.

Offensively, the Eagles were led by Leon Freeman-Daniels, who had a double-double – 12 points and 12 rebounds. David Simmons and Tre Todd shared team-high scoring honors with 13 points each.

Next up for the Eagles? A double date with Gulf Coast. The women tip at 6:30/ET against the Commodores in Panama City, while the men follow at 8:30/ET.