Desmond Greene pours in a career-high 25 points and piles up rebounds, assists and blocked shots
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Senior Desmond Greene (Rockledge, Fla.) scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Florida Tech men’s basketball team to a 109-67 rout
of Southeastern University, the defending National Christian College Athletic Association champions, Saturday night at the Clemente Center in front of 213
delighted Panther fans.
Greene and senior Titas Vainauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) both eclipsed the 20-point mark to pace the Panthers. Vainauskas collected 21 points and a
game-high 13 rebounds for his team-leading third double-double of the season, but of the tandem, Greene was the story of the night, knocking down six
three-pointers and adding seven rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists in 33 minutes of play.
Two other Panthers, sophomore E.J. Murray (Rockledge, Fla.) and senior Brad Rich (Oviedo, Fla.), also scored in double figures, adding 16 points and 10
points, respectively. Junior Matt Hill (Fort Myers, Fla.) came off the bench and dished out a game-high nine assists, which matched Southeastern’s entire
Florida Tech (3-5) raced out to a 51-25 halftime lead and never looked back. The Panthers shot better than 50% in each half, converting 52% of their field
goal attempts in the game (35-of-67). Tech was even better from three-point range, torching the nets for 15 treys and converting 58% of their shots from
beyond the arc.
In stark contrast, Southeastern (9-8) shot just 28% from the field (21-for-75) in the game.
Florida Tech also dominated the boards, claiming a 61-36 edge in total rebounds.
Senior Joey Gunter (Sanford, Fla.) led the Fire with 17 points.
Florida Tech will return to action on Tuesday when they travel with the Panther women to Savannah, Georgia for a doubleheader against Armstrong Atlantic.
The women’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s contest following at 7:30 p.m..