Men's basketball team tops Miami Dade to open Josh Artis Memorial Classic

Men's basketball team tops Miami Dade to open Josh Artis Memorial Classic

The Eastern Florida State College men's basketball team scored a season-best 106 points to open the Josh Artis Memorial Classic with a 106-95 win over Miami Dade Sunday evening at Titan Field House.

The Titans used a 17-4 run in the final five minutes and 44 seconds of the first half to head into the locker room with a commanding 15-point lead. Miami Dade would cut it to 12 a couple of times but would get no closer as Eastern Florida State College beat the Sharks for the second time this season and 11th straight time dating back to the 2014-15 season.

Sophomore guard Nathanael Jack scored a career-high 27 points, hitting seven 3-pointers and teammate Jalen Warren finished with 19 points as six players scored in double figures in the win including freshman Ilija Stefanovic who had a season-high 12 points.

Jack has now scored at least 10 points in four of the past five games for the Titans.

Miami Dade was led by Montese Blake who finished with a game-high 41 points.

The Sharks will open Day 2 of the Josh Artis Classic at 4 p.m. Monday as Miami Dade will play Monroe College who comes into the tournament 10-4 on the season after a big win over No. 4 Tallahassee. 

The 25th-ranked Titans will then take the court at 6 p.m. against Harcum College who is receiving votes in the latest NJCAA poll and is 12-3 on the season.

Admission to games at Titan Field House is free.