OCALA, Fla. (March 9, 2017) – Tallahassee Community College's men's basketball season came to an end on Thursday with a 66-60 loss to St. Petersburg College in quarterfinal round action at the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Tournament.
Tallahassee finished its season 24-7.
The game was tied at 53-all with 6:34 left, but Tallahassee scored only two points over the next four minutes, enabling St. Petersburg to take a 60-55 lead by the 2:46 mark.
The Eagles didn't go away quietly, however. Jacob Winston's three-pointer cut a six-point deficit in half and the game entered the final minute with St. Petersburg leading 62-60.
On the ensuing inbounds play, St. Petersburg's Ahmad Clark went coast to coast to make it a two-possession game and effectively knock out the Eagles.
Tallahassee's plight was aided by a slow start. The Eagles managed just eight points through the game's first 11 minutes and trailed 19-8 at the 9:06 mark.
Tallahassee finally got untracked and, later in the half, back-to-back threes from Crouch brought the Eagles within 24-22 at the 3:41 mark.
Hayes hit a pair of free throws to give Tallahassee its first lead, 28-26, with one minute left in the half, but St. Petersburg scored five unanswered points and led 31-28 at the intermission.