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Pensacola State stuns Gulf Coast, 93-70

By Dustin Kent
Trailing 63-57 with just over 10 minutes to play, it appeared as though Gulf Coast was in the midst of a comeback after falling behind by as much as 11 points to visiting Pensacola State.

The Pirates had other ideas, however, responding with a 30-13 surge to run away from the Commodores for a 93-70 victory Wednesday night at the Billy Harrison Field House.

Bryce Waterman scored 25 points and made 7 of 11 from the 3-point line to lead the Pirates (12-6) to the win in their Panhandle Conference opener.

Gulf Coast fell to 13-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.

The Pirates knocked in 11 of 18 from the 3-point line for the night and shot 57 percent from the field overall while limiting the Commodores to just 32 percent from the field and 9 of 37 from the 3-point line.

Cam Holden was the top scorer for Gulf Coast with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Jacolbey Owens added 13 points, and Travon Mayo 10 points.

The first half was largely a back and forth affair, with Pensacola jumping out to an early 14-7 lead before Gulf Coast fought back to take the lead 20-19 on a corner 3-pointer from Mayo with 5:55 left in the half.

A post-up two and a corner three from Cam Holden followed by two free throws by Mayo capped a 16-4 Gulf Coast run to go up 28-22 with 4:07 left in the first half.

The Pirates charged back to take a 37-36 lead at the break after Waterman’s fourth triple of the first half with 20 seconds on the clock.

Waterman started the second half with a four-point play after hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key and drawing a foul, and Rodney Smith added a deep ball of his own to push the Pirates’ lead to 46-37.

Gulf Coast got threes from Kaylein Marzette and Holden to briefly cut the margin back to three, but the Pirates answered with a 10-2 run capped by a bucket by Cheickna Sissoko to push the lead back out to double figures at 56-45.


After another three by Marzette trimmed Pensacola State’s edge to 63-57 with 10:13 remaining, Waterman and Smith answered with triples of their own, with a transition layup by Josh Williams, three free throws by Waterman, a driving layup by Smith, and two free throws by Williams completing a 15-2 run to go up 78-59.

Gulf Coast never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

The Commodores will next play at Chipola on Jan. 15, while the Pirates will be home for Chipola on Saturday.

 

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