AMERICUS, Ga. (December 6, 2017) – NJCAA No. 4/Region 8 No. 2 Tallahassee Community College suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday night, falling to South Georgia Technical College, 96-88 in overtime.
The loss snapped the Eagles' (10-1) ten-game winning streak to open the season.
The game, which featured 14 ties and 12 lead changes, was nip-and-tuck throughout.
Tallahassee led 36-35 at the half, and the first 20 minutes followed the Eagles' preferred script: a game on pace for the 70s and South Georgia Tech was limited to just 33.3 percent (12-of-36) shooting from the floor.
The second half turned out to be a different story.
The host Jets connected on 15-of-30 field goal attempts but, after erasing Tallahassee's 79-75 lead in the final 90 seconds of regulation, missed an uncontested layup at the buzzer that would have won the game.
With both teams seemingly given a reprieve, it was South Georgia Tech who seized the opportunity, outscoring Tallahassee 17-9 in the extra period to score the upset victory.
Despite a 5-5 record, three of South Georgia Tech's wins are against Region 8 opponents, including another nationally-ranked team – No. 25 College of Central Florida.
Five players scored in double-figures for Tallahassee, led by Trevor Lewis' 19. He hit 5-of-10 three-pointers.
JaQuan Morris added 11.
Tallahassee will resume play on Saturday at the annual Florida College's Men's Basketball Shootout in Gainesville, Fla.
The Eagles will play Broward College at 3 p.m. Saturday then face undefeated and NJCAA No. 10 Florida SouthWestern State College at 5 p.m. Sunday.