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Cougars Lose a Heartbreaker to Florida Christian in O.T. 76-70


The Cougars lose a heartbreaker to Florida Christian in O.T. 76-70. CCC made a strong bid to win the Region Championship banner, but FCC's Terrance Taylor hit a shot with 1.9 seconds left to send the game to overtime. The Sun then outscored CCC 9-3 in the extra period and went on to win the championship.

Clearwater, down 32-31 at the half, out scored FCC 16-3 to start the second half and were ahead by 14 points with 14 minutes to go. Florida Christian was able to slow the Cougars down with a stiff zone defense and gradually crawled back into the game. With 25 seconds to go, FCC played for the last shot and that is when tournament MVP Taylor hit the shot that sent the game into overtime.

Matt Wells led the Cougars with 15 points. Tristan Shore added 13, Bryan Spears 11, and Todd Wahlberg and Luke Brigham both had 10 for CCC. Spears pulled down 12 rebounds for CCC and Wahlberg had 10. The Cougars now wait to see if they will get an at-large bid to the NCCAA National Tournament.