Holmes and the Saints Improve to 20-3 with Win Over FSC-J, 52-46

February 1, 2012 Contact: Scott Jamison 352.395.5616 scott.jamison@sfcollege.edu SF MEN’S BASKETBALL

#4 SAINTS OVERCOME SLOW START TO DEFEAT FSC-J, 52-46 Jacksonville, FL – It took nearly seven minutes for FCSAA #4 Santa Fe to get on the board against Florida State College-Jacksonville Wednesday night, but the Saints were able to overcome their sluggish start and win their 20th game of the season. The victory moves SF to 6-1 in the Mid-Florida Conference and 20-3 overall.

“Jacksonville played really hard and gave us all we could handle in the first half,” said SF coach Chris Mowry. “We struggled against their pressure in the first and didn’t really get anything going until the second half. This is a tough place to get a win, I’m proud of our guys for sticking with it and playing hard.”

FSC-J led 10-0 in the early going and took a 25-21 lead into the halftime break.

The Saints came alive in the second half, tying the score for the first time 30-30 at the 12 minute mark. A three pointer by Brian Holmes gave SF their first lead of the game 33-32 with 9:33 remaining.

Holmes pushed the lead to 42-37 with a 15 foot baseline jumper with just over three minutes to go and just one minute later stole the ball from the FSC-J point guard and finished to give the Saints their largest lead of the game 47-39.

The Stars didn’t go away and closed the lead to 48-46 with 30 seconds to go after back to back three point plays.

FSC-J fouled with 12 seconds left and Brian Holmes sealed the game with two free throws. Altavious Carter put the finishing touches on the game with two more free throws for the 52-46 win.

“We weren’t very good in too many areas tonight but at the end of the day all that matters is the final score,” said Mowry. “Any win on the road in this conference is a great win.”

Holmes led the scoring attack with 17 points, Junior McLeod had 11 and Santa Fe’s leading scorer on the season Kevin Harden had 10.

The Saints play again tomorrow, February 2 at home against IMG Academy at 7:00 PM.

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