Embry-Riddle men’s head basketball coach Steve Ridder said earlier this week that his Eagles were playing their best basketball of the season, and the longtime coach wasn’t exaggerating.


Playing in their first NCAA Division II postseason game in program history, the Eagles (20-9) dominated Barry in Tuesday’s Sunshine State quarterfinal, defeating the Bucs, 80-64, to claim their first postseason win since 2015.


Embry-Riddle will now head to Lakeland on Thursday to face Florida Southern with a spot in Sunday’s SSC title game on the line.


Here’s how the two stack up:


ERAU (20-9) at Florida Southern (27-2)


What: Sunshine State semifinal


Where: Jenkins Field House, Lakeland


When: 7 p.m., Thursday


The buzz: The bad news is the Mocs have lost just two games this season. The good news, however, is one of those defeats came against the Eagles last November.


In that 106-95 win, Embry-Riddle never trailed as senior Luka Majstorovic led the way with 31 points and 10 rebounds.


In Tuesday’s win over Barry, Majstorovic had 13 points and eight rebounds while Romeo Crouch led the way with 20 points and eight rebounds. Former New Smyrna Beach star Nick Heard continued his breakout season, registering a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.


The Mocs haven’t lost since Jan. 4 and have scored at least 90 points in their last five games. It certainly wasn’t an easy win in Tuesday’s quarterfinal, however, as Southern trailed No. 8 Lynn by 16 at the half before scoring 62 second half points to run away with the victory.


Senior guard Brett Hanson scored 23 of his 31 points in the second half while forward Jalyn Hinton scored 22 of his game-high 33 points in the second half as well.


The winner of Thursday’s showdown will face either Nova Southeastern or Palm Beach Atlantic in Sunday’s SSC title game.