Saints set for league action
Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at 12:17 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Ga.- In its final tune-up before Mid-Florida Conference play begins, Santa Fe withstood a furious Coastal Georgia comeback on Tuesday night and held on for an 85-80 win.
Sophomore guard Clark Williams led the Saints with 18 points. Sophomore point guard Charles Rourk had 17 and was one of Saints in double figures.
Santa Fe (10-9) led by as many as 19 points but saw its lead shrink to one, 65-64, with 4:47 remaining. Back-to-back scores by Rourk increased the Saints' lead to 75-68 with 2:49 left.
Harrison hit 6-of-6 free throw attempts down the stretch to seal the victory. He finished the game 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Santa Fe took a 38-23 lead at the half after shooting a solid 44.7 percent clip from the field and connecting on 10-of-12 free throws.
Trailing 6-5 to open the game, the Saints sparked an 11-2 run to go ahead 16-8 at the 13:11 mark of the first half. Santa Fe followed that up with a 9-2 run as sophomore forward Alonzo Hird scored three points during that stretch to help the Saints take a 25-10 lead.
Williams drained two consecutive free throws and connected on back-to-back jumpers to give the Saints their largest lead of the first half, 33-17, with 3:04 remaining in the first half. The Georgia native sank a 3 on Santa Fe's next possession to finish the first half with 11 points.
The Saints will have one week off before beginning conference play Jan. 14 at Central Florida in Ocala.
Santa Fe holds a 4-2 advantage over the Fillies in the all-time series, while head coach Chanda Stebbins is 1-2 vs. ABAC in her career. The Saints won an 86-73 decision over Abraham Baldwin on Nov. 7th in the first round of the Darton Classic held in Albany, Ga., to open the season.
The Saints are coming off an 80-66 victory over Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga. on Monday. SFCC was led by 26 points from Dominique Coleman.
Rose Abreu scored 18 points while Chalecia Miles contributed 16 in the victory.
With their ninth victory, the Saints surpassed their win total from last season with 13 games remaining in the 2003-04 season.
The Fillies are 6-8 on the season and will play Palm Beach CC tonight at 7:30 in West Palm Beach. The Saints fell to Palm Beach 72-68 in the SFCC Gymnasium earlier this season. ABAC is coming off a 76-66 loss to Hillsborough Community College.
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