MELBOURNE, Fla. –The Florida Tech Panthers easily shut-down NAIA opponent Webber International 92-68 with Head Coach Billy Mims clearing the bench off an
early lead in the first half.
Tech was up 51-35 going into the locker room with the entire starting line-up resting up on the bench. In the second half , the Panthers again took care of
business early allowing Mims to start substituting deep in the bench with at least five minutes left of play. Every Panther saw some significant time on
the court in tonight’s victory with the entire roster getting on the books including eleven Tech members scoring and rebounding pitching in for the win.
Senior forward Titas Vainauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) led all scorers with 20 points for the night. Vainuskas also led his team under the boards pulling
down eight rebounds. Fellow senior forward Ryan Maultsby (Vero Beach, Fla.) added 18 points and eight rebounds. Maultsby also chipped in the game high four
steals for the night.
The Panthers played a very defensive game against the Warriors forcing 25 turnovers and allowing the Panthers to notch 17 steals to Webber’s disappointing
two for the forty minutes of play.
Despite the 24 point lead at the final buzzer, Tech had a problem at the line tonight shooting a low 57.6 percent going 19-for-33. Coming off the bench
senior forward Romark Suckra (Kingston, Jamaica) seemed to be the only Panther concentrating at the charity stripe going a perfect four-for-four grabbing
10 points for the night and four rebounds.
Sophomore starting point guard also scored the double figures with 15 points and effectively ran Tech’s offense with 6 assists for the contest.
The Webber Warriors had three players score in the double digits being led by freshman guard Daniel Marsh (Daytona Beach, Fla.) who put up six buckets and
four free throws for 16 points leading his team. Junior center Ryan Norris was one board shy of the double double putting up 10 points and bringing home
the game high nine rebounds. Junior guard Juan Alvarez (Miami, Fla.) also added 10 points going a perfect four-for-four from the line.
The Panthers will finish off their pre-season exhibition games this Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 p.m. down in Boca Raton where they will face NCAA
Division I opponent Florida Atlantic. Tech will open up their regular season hosting Valdosta State on Tuesday, November 15th at the Clemente Center a 7:30
p.m. start time following the women’s game vs. Palm Beach Atlantic.