The Toccoa Falls College Eagles hosted region opponent Piedmont International University on December 12. While most of TFC”s student body had already traveled home for the semester break, the Eagles defeated the visiting Bruins 90-50 for its first win of the 2013-2014 season.
While opening the season with arguably the toughest schedule in recent memory, TFC had fallen in each of its previous 10 games. Nine of TFC’s 10 losses have come against scholarship schools. Despite the tough run of results, the Eagles have continued to play aggressive defense and focus on an attractive motion offense.
With the win over PIU, TFC improved its south region mark to 1-1. Freshman Nathan Palmer earned his first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Devian Clark scored a game high 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Derek Westfall earned another double-double, scoring 18 points and securing 10 boards. Zach Barrett added 15 points in his first action of the season. For PIU, Timothy Worles scored 21 points and Javon Summers grabbed 10 rebounds.
As a team, TFC shot 51% from the floor and a season high 92% from the free throw line. PIU shot just 33% from the floor, and was out rebounded by the Eagles at a 43-26 clip.
The Eagles will not return to the court until a three game road trip on January 9-11. The Eagles will face region foes Johnson University (FL), Trinity College of Florida, and Trinity Baptist College on successive days. The next TFC home game will be played on January 16 against Pensacola Christian College, another south region opponent. Tip of is set for 7:00 PM.