FNU CONQUISTADORS TAME THE LIONS

Antonio Sims FNU Player Shooting

Hialeah, Florida- Florida National University Men’s Basketball team beats crosstown rival, Florida Memorial University on Tuesday night at the Bucky Dent Gym. The Conquistadors open up the game with a big lead and never look back going into halftime with a 15 point lead. In the Second half the Conquistadors kept the same Attack level and improved on the Defense and finished the game with 101 to 73 on the scoreboard.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:

Final Score: Florida National University 101, Florida Memorial University 73
Records: Florida National University (8-7), Florida Memorial University (2-10)
Location: Bucky Dent Gym, Hialeah, Fla.
Florida National University Starters:  Jeffrey Hernandez , Jose Benitez,  Antonio Sims , Kenneth Santos,  Nico Rojas
Florida Memorial University Starters: Jordan Collins, Isaiah Darrett, Kase Carrera, Nehemiah Darrett, Dwight Wheatley.

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • FNU shot 56.3% from the field on 36-of-64 shooting overall but was hot from the field in the Second half, hitting 61.7%.
  • FNU shot 35.5% from downtown on 11-of-31 shooting.
  • Florida Memorial hit 32.9% of its shots from the paint and 36.1% from the long range.
  • Applying the pressure on the defensive side, the Conquistadors forced 18 turnovers and recorded 9 steals.
  • Antonio Sims scored a team high 27 points, and added a team high six assists, and two steals.
  • Kenneth Santos noted 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, going 7-of-13 from the field and 4-for-10 from Downtown.
  • Nico Rojas led the Conquistadors on the boards with nine rebounds and he also scored 16 points and recorded one block.
  • Jaquan Robertson came off the bench with 5 points, shooting 2-of-6 from the field, 1-for-3 from Downtown and got three rebounds.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • FNU  record now is 8-7 this season.
  • FNU improved its home record to 5-1.
  • 8 players saw at least ten minutes of action for the Conquistadors.
  • Florida National out-rebounded FMU 41-38 in the contest.

Coach Thatcher Said ” I love the effort and the sacrifice that each and every player made, the ones who started it and who came off the bench and the relentless play they did on defense and the boards to win this game. We still have a long road ahead of us to get back to the final four but right now we need to focus one game at a time, this was a great win tonight and big win for this team but now we must look forward to Kaiser on Saturday”.

Up Next
The Conquistadors will face Keiser University on Saturday December 15th, at west Palm Beach with a tip-off at 4:00 p.m.

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Ruy Castelo Branco – FNU – Sports Information Director

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