INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa Spartans 87, Embry Riddle Eagles 84
Records: Tampa (9-15, 5-13 SSC), Embry Riddle (10-16, 4-14 SSC)
Location: Bob Martinez Athletics Center | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa leads the all-time series record over Embry Riddle 4-3.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
1st Half | The Eagles were on the board first with a layup, but Tampa quickly retaliated with a layup of their own by Senior Marcel Robinson. The Spartans kept a steady lead for the beginning of the half. In the 12th minute, Tampa had a 10-point lead over Embry Riddle. With seven minutes remaining, the Eagles tied it back up at 24. Shortly after, Anthony Gamble hit his fourth three-point jumper of the half. UT was unable to gain the lead back as they went into the locker room trailing Embry Riddle 44-38. Gamble led the offense with 12 points while Duke Shelton and Robinson held down to the defense with four rebounds each.
2nd Half | Tampa started the half with a ferocious dunk by Gamble. The Eagles stayed ahead until the 11th minute where Robinson made a steal and finished with a shot beyond the arc to tie the game at 60. The teams exchanged leads until John Whitaker drained a three-point jumper in the eighth minute. The Spartans remained on top, but the Eagles were able to make it a two-point game in the last two minutes. After a layup by Shelton, UT confirmed the victory. In the end, Tampa defeated Embry Riddle 87-84. Robinson led the team on offense and defense notching a career-high of 35 points and recording nine rebounds.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Robinson led the offense and defense scoring 35 points and tallying nine rebounds.
- Shelton totaled the second amount of rebounds with eight.
- Gamble shot 5-6 from beyond the arc.
BEYOND THE BOX:
- Robinson recorded a career high of 35 points.
Tampa will hit the road to face off against the Florida Southern Moccasins Wednesday, February 21st at 7:30 p.m. following the women's matchup at 5:30 p.m.