TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 28, 2015) - Tallahassee Community College got 27 points from Daishon Smith and two other players scored in double-figures as the Eagles picked up an 84-76 win over Shelton (Ala.) State Community College on day one action at the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.
Smith, who hit 11-of-14 free throws to aid his team-high scoring output, was also credited with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Powell, who suffered a fractured hand prior to the season opener, returned for limited minutes at Santa Fe College on November 17 but fractured his other hand a week later and had not played since the Eagles won in Gainesville.
Tallahassee trailed 20-15 six minutes into the game but used an 8-0 run to grab a 23-20 lead with 12:06 left in the first half. The Eagles never trailed again but the game was tied twice more, including 53-all following a basket by Luke Musselwhite at the 13:43 mark of the second half.
Tallahassee opened up a seven-point lead then, clinging to a 74-72 lead, Simmons muscled his way to a three-point play at the 2:03 mark to push the Eagles' advantage to five.
Shelton State pulled to within 77-74 but the Eagles put the game away knocking down 5-of-8 from the charity stripe. Simmons closed the scoring with another basket in the paint with 19 seconds remaining.
Tallahassee has won three straight to improve to 10-7 and will try to make it four in a row when it plays Central Georgia Technical College at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the final game of the Classic.
Central Georgia Tech (9-5) fell to Pensacola State College (7-6), 75-72 in overtime, in Monday's first game.
Shelton State had its two-game winning streak snapped and is now 10-5.
Tallahassee Community College Athletics would like to thank the Leon County Tourist Development Council and Wendy's for its support of the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic.