Fire Sweeps Season Series From Eagles
February 2, 2012
No. 22 Southeastern 90, Embry-Riddle University 84
LAKELAND—No. 22 Southeastern University held off a late rally by Embry-Riddle University, Thursday night, earning a hard fought, 90-84, victory over the Eagles to sweep the season series.
Southeastern used a balanced offensive attack to shoot 50% from the field for the night.
Seven Southeastern players scored in double-figures, with Malcolm Pollock, Chris Carlyle, and Dwayne Johnson all finishing with 13 points apiece.
The Fire closed out the final four minutes of the first half on a 15-6 run, grabbing a 43-37 halftime lead. Carlyle was the major reason for the run, connecting on three three-point field goals, all with under five minutes to play in the half.
The Eagles (15-9, 6-4) fought back to tie the score three times in the second half, but could never retake the lead.
Southeastern built a nine point advantage (77-68) with 5:14 remaining, before the Eagles rallied to tie the score on a NBA three-pointer by Blake Touchard. Touchard’s third three-pointer of the game tied the score, 84-84, with just 1:31 to play in regulation.
However, the Eagles would not score again for the remainder of the game. On SEU’s next possession, senior Arthur Jackson, made two free throws to give Southeastern an 86-84 lead. A turnover on the Eagles’ next possession, and two free throws by Dwayne Johnson, helped SEU build an 88-84 lead with just 28 seconds to play. ERU’s Ray Graham missed a three-pointer the following possession, and SEU’s Dyami Thurman iced the game at the free throw line, giving the Fire a 90-84 victory.
It is Southeastern’s first ever season series sweep of Embry-Riddle in any sport. Southeastern improves to 15-9 overall and 7-3 in conference play. The Fire defeated Embry-Riddle, 89-82, back on January 11th in Daytona Beach.
If statistics could tell stories, then the stat of the night would be the Fire’s ability to rebound the basketball. The Fire out-rebounded the Eagles, 44-23, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds and turning them into 25 points.
The Fire bench also combined to score 36 points and grab 15 rebounds.
Embry-Riddle’s Ray Graham led all scorers with 25 points while Touchard finished with 15 points and four assists.
Senior, John Williams, had a nice game inside, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Tim Jickell scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds while Povalis Gaidys added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench. Jackson chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Fire will be back in action when they will host Florida Memorial University, Saturday night, for Homecoming. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.