It was a closely played game with 14 lead changes and eight ties, but in the end the College of Central Florida Patriots held off the Santa Fe Saints to earn an 80-75 win.
"It was a great effort and a good college basketball game, but we made a few mistakes at critical times and couldn't come away with a win," said SF Head Coach Chris Mowry.
Ivan Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers to give the Santa Fe a 37-35 lead at the half and the Saints would go up by seven with eight minutes to play, but the Patriots (15-7, 4-0 MFC) would not be denied. The Saints (12-8, 1-2 MFC) cut an eight-point deficit to three with 50 seconds to play, but CF got a key offensive rebound and put back to seal the win.
The Saints will host Eastern Florida State College at the SF gymnasium on Saturday with the tip off scheduled for 2 pm.
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