Tucker propels No. 20 Argos to victory on Military Appreciation Night

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http://buy-generic-clomid.com The University of West Florida men’s basketball team avenged its Jan. 4 loss to Lee University Thursday night as the No. 20 Argos (19-3, 11-3 GSC) defeated the Flames (12-9, 7-7 GSC) 82-74 at the UWF Field House.

buy cialis low price Senior forward Darryl Tucker posted another historic stat line with 33 points and 17 rebounds. Tucker’s point total matches the highest in a single game for the Argos since Austin Somerfield accomplished the same feat on Jan. 30, 2016.

“Coach told me to keep attacking every time I get the ball,” Tucker said. “Once I got the ball, I was just locked in and trying to score. They sent double-teams at me and I just had to adapt, but once I was one-on-one I tried to attack.”

Junior forward Henri Ventoniemi added 15 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line before fouling out in the second half.

Senior guard DJ Thorpe scored 12 points and knocked down 2-of-3 three-point attempts while dishing out three assists.

Though Lee is one of the smaller teams in the GSC, the Flames play an aggressive style of basketball that pressures offenses into making mistakes. The Argos turned the ball over 11 times, largely in part to the Flames’ defensive tenacity.

“Early I thought they did a really good job defending us,” coach Jeff Burkhamer said. “We were able to get it spread out a little bit more and create a little bit more space for our bigs, especially in the second half. We talked about some things at halftime that helped us out a little bit.”

On the offensive side, the Argos were inefficient in the early stages of the game, settling for contested shots. This led to a lowly 37.9 percent shooting in the first half. The Argos were able to pull away late by shooting 61 percent in the second half and connecting on 18-of-23 free throws.

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With the win, the Argos maintain control of second place in the Gulf South Conference behind No. 12 Valdosta State (20-2, 13-1 GSC). Should the Argos finish in the top four of the GSC regular season standings, they would host a GSC Tournament game for the first time since 2012.

“The game plan is not to lose any games,” Tucker said. “Right now we’re just trying to focus on getting better so we can try to get as far as we can in the playoffs. Every game is a must-win.”

The Argos will host the Shorter Hawks (3-19, 3-11 GSC) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the UWF Field House before a grueling three-game road trip that begins with Auburn-Montgomery (9-13, 5-9) on Feb. 8.

During halftime, UWF recognized its outstanding performances in other sports this year, including the national champion tennis team and runner-up football team, as well as a stellar individual year from golfer Chandler Blanchet.

Burkhamer spoke about the other sports programs and what it meant to be able to showcase them in front of a large crowd. 

“It was great to have everybody here,” Burkhamer said. “It was great to have a good crowd. It got louder as the game went, and we gave them some reasons [to cheer]. Darryl’s dunks and some of those plays are a little more exciting to watch.”

After the win, Burkhamer noted the appropriate nature of it being Military Appreciation Night.

“It’s Military Appreciation Night, and it was a battle,” Burkhamer said. “It was a battle of hand-to-hand combat. That’s just how they played, and we combatted it pretty good, but they’re a hard team to play against.”