LAKELAND — The Embry-Riddle men's basketball team led by 10 at half, but couldn't withstand a scorching shooting performance from No. 5 Florida Southern on Thursday night, falling in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament semifinals, 80-77.
The Eagles (20-10) had an open look at a three from Luka Majstorovic at the buzzer, but even if it had gone the referees decided it came after the horn.
The Mocs (28-2) shot 60 percent from the floor in the second period and shot 20 free throws in the closing half compared to ERAU's three attempts.
The Eagles will now await the NCAA II Tournament selection announcement on Sunday evening.
The Blue and Gold is currently No. 7 in the 10-team South Region Rankings. Eight teams qualify for the South Region Tournament, with three bids going to the winners of the SSC, Gulf South Conference and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments, and the final five going to the highest ranked teams in the Region Rankings.
Majstorovic scored a team-high 23 points with 10 rebounds, his 13th double-double of the season, while Romeo Crouch added 19 points. Both Elijah Jenkins and Nick Heard finished with 11 points each.
The Eagles dominated the boards with a 46-34 advantage, but the Mocs made the most of their second-chance opportunities, outscoring ERAU 9-8 in second-chance points. ERAU also struggled turning the ball over, committing 12 of them on the night, leading to 15 points for the home team.