Santa Fe College won a roller coaster of a game on Saturday in Ocala over the College of Central Florida, overcoming a late rally from the Patriots to win on a 24 foot three pointer by sophomore LaBrian Shiflet to give the Saints the heart-stopping victory after a defensive stop by SF in the closing seconds.
The Saints (9-11, 2-1 MFC) trailed in the early going but mounted a rally in the final minutes of the first half to take a 42-37 lead into the locker room.
The second half was back and forth until Santa Fe started to pull away in the closing minutes and maintained a six-point lead until a minute to go. With 1:06 to play, Central Florida (17-6, 1-2 MFC) ripped off seven points in a little over 30 seconds to take a one-point lead with 18 seconds remaining. On the ensuing Saints possession, Shiflet saw an open look from about 24 feet and knocked it down to give SF the lead with seven seconds left. The Saints stopped two CF attempts in the final seconds to pick up the victory.
Shiflet finished with a game high 24 points, and Leo Edwards was a force in the paint, recording a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double. Alex Brown (11) and Benjy Dumornay (10) also finished in double figures.
The Saints will play back to back non-conference games next week when they host Impact Academy on Tuesday at 7 p.m., and Victory Rock Academy on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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