The College of Central Florida Patriots overtook the Saints of Sante Fe College men’s basketball 93-79 Saturday afternoon. The Patriots (11-10) and the Saints (20-2) opened up their conference schedule.
Bobby Hunter, the nation’s JUCO leading scorer, led the Saints with 37 points and went 7 for 11 from downtown. Roody St. Germain followed Hunter with 11 points while Takija Knight was good for 10 total rebounds.
The Saints kept it a very close game during the first half, despite the immediate speed Central Florida brought to the table. The Patriots went into the second half with a 44-42 lead but Santa Fe came out with a powerful start to the second half scoring back to back baskets. The game was back and forth with several lead changes, until the Patriots pulled away a few minutes into the second half with a double digit lead which continued the rest of the game. Sante Fe head coach Chris Mowry says defense played a major factor in the game.
On a more exciting note, the crowd was captivated by red hot Bobby Hunter. With 24 points in the first half alone, Hunter says he tries to just focus on the basics.
Coach Mowry says Hunter has really stepped up as a leader and has really been the deciding factor in Sante Fe’s success this year.
Santa Fe looks to bounce back as they take on Florida State College at Jacksonville Wednesday at home. Coach Mowry says his team has to pay close attention to the depth of their opponents.
Tip off for Wednesday night’s game is set for 8 o’clock.