LAKELAND, FL - Trey Diggs poured in 31 points and Florida Southern College men's basketball used a barrage of three-pointers to blow away visiting Miles College, 111-74, on Wednesday night at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (6-4) knocked down 15 shots from beyond the arc and got 66 points from its bench players to pick up the easy win over the Golden Bears (0-7).
The victory marked the third-straight game in which the Mocs have scored 100 or more points, the first time a Florida Southern squad has scored 100 or more in back-to-back-to-back contests since the 2009-10 campaign. The Moccasins return to action on Monday at 7:30 p.m. when they face Emmanuel in the first game of the Mocs Christmas Classic.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• The game was a tight one through the first five-plus minutes of play as the Golden Bears hung on to a 12-11 lead with 14:45 to go, but Brett Hanson knocked down a free throw to tie things up and Rico Releford hit a jumper less than a minute later to put the Mocs up for good. The bucket was part of a quick 8-0 run that put Florida Southern in front 19-12, and the Moccasins would not lead by less than five points the rest of the way.
• Florida Southern grabbed its first double-digit lead of the game when Tyler Ross hit a pair of free throws to make it 30-19 with 7:44 to go in the first half. The Mocs would outscore the Golden Bears 29-14 the rest of the half en route to a 59-33 halftime lead.
• At the onset of the second half, the Moccasins were able to push their lead to 31 points (67-36) when Ross connected on a layup at the 17:14 mark, and the rout was on. Diggs put the Mocs up by 41 (88-47) on a three-pointer with 11:09 on the clock and Florida Southern hit the century mark with 4:24 remaining on a pair of Diggs' free throws. Luke St. Lifer and Josh Brown finished out Florida Southern's three-point barrage when each player connected from long range in the final two minutes of play.
• The Moccasins shot 53.3 percent (40-of-75) from the floor, including 15-of-34 from beyond the arc. Florida Southern also went 16-of-19 at the charity stripe and ripped down 44 rebounds while dishing out 29 assists. Miles hit 43.9 percent (29-of-66) of its shots, going 4-of-12 from long range and 12-of-19 at the free-throw line. The Golden Bears pulled down just 31 rebounds and turned the ball over 18 times.
• Diggs led all players with a season-high 31 points, finishing 9-of-13 from the floor while knocking down 8-of-12 three-pointers and all five of his free-throw attempts. Brett Hanson and Jack Rauch scored 14 points apiece, while Tyler Smith added 11 off the bench. Tyler Ross led the team with six assists and nine rebounds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 4-0 all-time against Miles and moved to a perfect 5-0 at home this season. The Moccasins picked up their sixth win of the season nearly a full month before last year's team got to six wins (1/11/17 vs. Florida Tech). The 15 three-pointers marked a season-high for the Mocs, and are the most in a single game since Florida Southern connected on 17-of-32 from long range in a 91-85 win over Palm Beach Atlantic on Feb. 4, 2017.
• The 29 assists are a team-high for the season, and the most for the Moccasins since dishing out 31 against Miles on Dec. 20, 2015. Florida Southern has scored 100 or more points in three-straight games for the first time since the 2009-10 season when the Mocs picked up wins over UPR-Rio Piedras (103-61 | 11/18/09), UPR-Bayamon (111-75 | 11/24/09) and St. Ambrose (105-72 | 11/25/09).
• Diggs' 31 points marked just the second time in the last 39 years that a Florida Southern freshman has scored 30 points in a game. Kevin Capers was the last Moccasin freshman to score 30 or more points when he poured in 30 in a 76-71 loss to Rollins on Jan. 28, 2012. The eight made three-pointers are the most since Sheldon Zablotny connected on 8-of-15 against Florida Tech on Feb. 6, 2016.
• Florida Southern will take on Emmanuel at 7:30 p.m. on Monday before squaring off with Dominican at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Mocs will then take time off for the holidays until Dec. 30, when they close out the calendar year and their non-conference schedule against Southern New Hampshire.