Dustin Kent, Panama City News Herald, contributed to this release
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (February 10, 2018) – NJCAA No. 2/Region 8 No. 1 Gulf Coast State College hit a school-record 19 three-pointers in a 110-94 win over No. 9/No. 3 Tallahassee Community College on Saturday evening.
Tallahassee is now 19-5 overall, 4-5 in Panhandle Conference play, three games back of second-place Northwest Florida State College (8-2) with three games to play, meaning the only way the Eagles can guarantee themselves a postseason berth is to win out and get enough help to force a one-game playoff against the Raiders.
Gulf Coast State (20-2, 8-1) locked up one of the Panhandle's two postseason berths with the win.
The Commodores' three-point barrage began from the opening tip. Three straight from long distance resulted in a 9-0 lead and Gulf Coast State eventually hit five en route to a 27-15 lead after the first quarter.
A three-pointer by Janesha Green, the Commodores' ninth of the half, increased the lead to 45-19 at the 4:58 mark of the second quarter.
Tallahassee put together its best stretch of the half, closing on a 13-4 run, but still trailed by 20 (56-36) at the intermission.
As the three-pointers continued to mount, so did Gulf Coast State's lead. It reached as many as 29 before Tallahassee outscored the Commodores 19-10 over the final five minutes to pull back within 20 (84-64).
Tallahassee outscored Gulf Coast State in the fourth quarter, 30-26, including 14-5 over the final 3:52, though any hopes of a miraculous comeback had been stymied by the Commodores' 19-of-26 (73.1 percent) performance from distance.
Gulf Coast State shot 37-of-60 (61.7 percent) overall.
Tallahassee will close the PC schedule with two of its final three games at home beginning with Tuesday's visit by Chipola College. Game time is 5:30 p.m.