The Eastern Florida State College men's basketball team lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA National Championship Tournament Friday night in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Titans fell to South Plains College 89-76 in the first semifinal of the tournament.
South Plains jumped out to an early 13-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game but the Titans stormed back to tie the game on a Nathanael Jack 3-pointer with just under six minutes to go. But South Plains responded and took a seven-point lead into halftime.
The lead grew throughout the second half for South Plains as the lead reached 17 late in the second half.
"Really proud of my kids, really proud of them and that is the main thing. This really hurts, but there's losing and getting beat. And they both hurt but we didn't lose, we got beat," Eastern Florida State College men's basketball coach Jeremy Shulman said. "We played as hard as we possibly could and we left our hearts and souls on the court. We did not lose, we got beat."
Eastern Florida State College will play in the third-place game at 6 p.m. EDT against the loser of the second semifinal.