Florida Southern off to first 6-0 start since 2009-10 with win 94-75 win
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Florida Southern opened up a three-game homestand on Tuesday evening by posting a 94-75 victory against Puerto Rico-Bayamon in non-conference action at Jenkins Field House.
The Moccasins, who improved to 6-0 on the season with the win, used 55 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent shooting from the 3-point line and had four players reach double figures. They improved to 13-0 all-time against the Vacqueros and extended its regular season non-conference win streak to 12 games dating to last season's 91-89 loss to St. Cloud State in its first game of the FSC/Ledger Media Group Classic. UPR-Bayamon, which defeated preseason No. 6 ranked South Carolina Aiken 60-55 earlier this season, fell to 3-7.
FSC's 6-0 start is its 16th in school history and first since the 2009-10 squad opened the season by winning its first 13 games en route to finishing the year with a 25-5 record.
In Tuesday's game, the Mocs took control of the action in the opening nine minutes of the second half as they turned its 44-32 halftime lead to a 75-41 advantage following a basket by redshirt senior forward Garrett Putman. During the 31-9 run, the Mocs hit nine of its first 10 shots and 13-for-16 overall during the spree, including 10 points from senior guard Dominic Lane. Lane finished the game with a team-best 18 points.
"I thought we did a good job to do moving the ball on offense and getting some very good shots," Moccasins head coach Linc Darner said. "I also thought we guarded better in the second half, but we need to do a better job of guarding the dribble and locking team's down defensively."
Along with Rullan, Ramos also tallied 20 points and Ayala added 15 points and six boards in the loss.
The Mocs finished the game with a 36-31 edge on the glass and forced 21 turnovers that led to 34 points. FSC committed 18 turnovers for the game, including 11 in the second half.
UPRB finished the night shooting 48 percent from the floor and 29 percent from the 3-point and hit just 12 of its 23 free throws (52.2 percent). The Mocs connected on 15 of its 17 free throws (88.2 percent) on the night.