#TCCBasketball: Eagles beat Pirates for White’s 200th NJCAA win

Kiair Crouch
Kiair Crouch was one of four players in double-figures on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Greg Rowland)

PENSACOLA, Fla. (January 7, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College's men's basketball team opened Panhandle Conference play with a 79-62 win over Pensacola State College on Saturday evening. 

The win was the 200th of head coach Mark White's NJCAA coaching career. 

The Region 8 No. 2/NJCAA No. 9 Eagles, winners of five straight, are now 18-1 (1-0) while Pensacola State has lost consecutive games on the heels of a seven-game winning streak to fall to 10-6 (0-1). 

Kiair Crouch scored 20 points to pace a quartet of Eagles in double-figures. Leon Freeman-Daniels (18 points) and Jacob Winston (14) came off the bench to score in double-digits, keying a 39-14 advantage in scoring from the reserves. 

David Simmons added 11 points and dished out a team-high eight assists. 

The Eagles led 38-36 at the half and used an 8-0 run early in the second stanza to begin to pull away from the Pirates. 

Winston hit back-to-back baskets and Ronald Bell connected in the paint to give the Eagles a 49-41 lead with 14:25 left in the game. Pensacola State never got closer than seven points the rest of the game. 

Tallahassee will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Gulf Coast State College at 7:30 p.m. The Commodores opened PC play with a 106-87 win over Chipola College on Saturday.