It took all 40 minutes, but the shorthanded Saints picked up their 12th win of the season Saturday, defeating a scrappy TAAG Academy team in Gainesville, 66-63.
Santa Fe College (12-5) struggled to take of the ball, turning it over 25 times, but overcame their mistakes to pick up the three point win.
SF led by as many as nine in the first half but saw it dissolve as the Ambassadors clawed their way back in to make it a 29-26 lead at the break.
In the second half TAAG mounted a run and took the lead late. The Saints made plays down the stretch and made their free throws to hang on for the win.
D-Juan Taylor-Hodge led the offensive attack, scoring 19 points. Nick Grier finished with a double double, 15 points and 11 rebounds., and Jakob Dawkins had 10 points.
The Saints will open Mid-Florida Conference play Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. against Florida State College-Jacksonville.
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