Eagles soar past Hawks 66-50

Troy Simons puts up a shot against Hillsborough. Simons had 20 points in Polk State's 66-50 win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Troy Simons puts up a shot against Hillsborough. Simons had 20 points in Polk State's 66-50 win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

The Polk State Eagles soared past the Hillsborough Community College Hawks 66-50 tonight in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles took a 10-8 lead at the 12-minute mark in the first half and held the lead the rest of the game. 

After ending the first half with a 33-27 lead, the Eagles built a 37-27 advantage, holding the Hawks scoreless for the first five minutes of the half. 

With the Eagles up 40-33, Troy Simons hit three straight three-pointers, increasing the lead to 49-35. 

"All of a sudden, after he hit those threes the lead goes up to 14, and they had a little farther to climb to get back in it, so I think it took the wind out of their sails a little bit," said Head Coach Matt Furjanic. 

With the win, the Eagles remain in first place in the Suncoast Conference with a one-game lead over St Petersburg. 

"The important thing is we control our own destiny, and that's what you want this time of year," said Furjanic. 

"So it was a good win, and our guys played well. I thought our defense was very good. The guys gave it a good team effort tonight, and it was real nice to see the students come out for the Black Out game. I think it gave us a little more energy and hopefully we can carry that on to our away game Saturday at State College of Florida."  

Simons led the Eagles with 20 points. 

Kahleek Bakare-Whyte and Dayjar Dickson each scored 10. 

Darelle Porter tallied eight points, and Dominique Reid finished with six.  

Polk State (21-7, 6-1, No. 6 FCSAA) plays State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota at 4 p.m. Saturday in Bradenton.   

 
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