Saints Put Together Big Second Half in Route to 87-68 Win Over SPC

Saints Put Together Big Second Half in Route to 87-68 Win Over SPC

#5 Roody Saint-Germain scored a career high 18 for SF

SF BASKETBALL – 12/17/2012

Gainesville, FL – It was slow going for both teams for the first fourteen minutes of Monday nights game between Santa Fe and St. Petersburg College, but a run by the Saints that carried over into the second half was the spark SF needed for an 87-68 win.

“I was pleased with our effort tonight against a team that I consider to be very good,” said SF Coach Chris Mowry. “Before the game we talked about three key points to the game: stopping their transition offense, boxing out, and playing as hard as they do. We hit all three.”

Santa Fe (7-8) trailed 18-14 with six minutes to go in the first period but turned the tide quickly thanks to six points by Roody Saint-Germain and two three pointers by Chad Milliken to give SF a 33-25 halftime lead.

St. Pete came out hot right out of the gates in the second half scoring four quick points to cut the margin to 33-29. From there it was all Saints. Leading scorer Bobby Hunter nailed a deep three pointer to spark an 8-0 run punctuated by a thunderous put back dunk by Jordan Banks to give Santa Fe a 41-29 lead.

The Saints put the petal to the metal and outscored the Titans 29-12 from the 16:30 mark to 8:46 to blow the game open. St. Pete managed to cut into the lead over the last few minutes, but it was too little too late as SF cruised to their seventh win of the season.

Bobby Hunter led the way once again with a 27 point effort, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Roody Saint-Germain pitched in a career high 18 and Chad Milliken scored 18, all on three pointers. SF outrebounded The Titans 43-30 and forced 18 turnovers.

“This was a great all around effort by all of our guys,” said Mowry. “We were unselfish, took good shots and hit our free throws. This was a solid win and a good way to head into break.”

The Saints will take a few weeks off before returning to action at home on January 3 against Georgia Highlands College.

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