LAKE WORTH, Fla.-Senior forward Titas Vainauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) led all players in both scoring and rebounding despite the tough loss for the Florida
Tech basketball team. The only players to score for the Panthers were the five starters and sixth man center Kevin Krieg (Ft. Myers, Florida). The final
score was Florida Atlantic 94, Florida Tech 73 showing the furthest gap of the game of 21 points at the buzzer.
The Panthers were unable to overcome the NCAA Division I program Florida Atlantic University Owls although they made a valiant effort to come back about
ten minutes into the second half after a 19 point deficit to bring it with in one point at 67-66 largely on the part of two guards senior Desmond Greene
(Rockledge, Fla.), and sophomore E.J. Murray (Rockledge, Fla.) who shot a combined four three pointers in the ten minute span. After this run, Tech was
unable to maintain the intensity and fell behind once again.
Vainauskas notched 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block for the contest. Three other Panthers scored in the double digits for
Tech. Murray who went 4-for-8 from the three point line tallied 18 for the night with a team high four assists. Greene finished up with 14 points going
4-for-9 from the three point line. Junior post player Damian Clark added eleven points and five rebounds.
Despite having a rough night from the floor, senior small forward Ryan Maultsby (Vero Beach, Fla.) was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line and defensively led
all players with three blocks and three steals. Rounding out the Panthers was Krieg who pitched in three rebounds, one assist and one steal from the bench.
The Owls’ freshman guard Paul Graham (Philadelphia, Fla.) tied with Vainauskas totaling 20 points for his coming off the bench for his team. Five other
Florida Atlantic players scored in the double figures. Forward senior forward Rodney Webb (Bellflower, Cal.) added 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Panthers will open up regular season play on Tuesday, November 15th at the Clemente Center with the start time concluding the women’s game at
approximately 7:30 p.m. Tech hosts regional foe Valdosta State in their home opener.