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Led by 22 points from senior Cesar Pastrana, the second-ranked Embry-Riddle men’s basketball team knocked off Florida Memorial by a score of 88-73 on Thursday night. The win moves ERAU’s record to 28-1 and 16-1 in Sun Conference play, while FMU drops to 3-23, 1-15 in the league.
Pastrana’s 22 points came in just 17 minutes of action, while Dalton Barnes tallied 15 points, five boards and four steals. Reed Ridder added 14 points and three steals and senior DeForest Carter had eight points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds.
Samuel Dorismond scored a game-high 28 points for the Lions while Hanif Malloy scored 11 and Roody Romain chipped in 10. Timothy Coleman pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and scored four points.
With a starting five of all seniors, the Eagles came out and dominated the opening minutes, running out to a 15-0 lead by the 14:12 mark. ERAU held a 19-3 lead at the 11:15 mark, which would be the largest lead of the half.
Florida Memorial rallied to cut the deficit to just five points (24-19) with 6:27 left in the period, and by the 3:20 mark, it was down to a three-point game (31-28). The Eagles stemmed the tide and carried a five-point lead (35-30) into the locker room.
Embry-Riddle re-established its dominance early the second half, turning the five-point halftime lead into a 17-point advantage (53-36) in the first five minutes of the period.
The Eagles maintained a comfortable cushion throughout the final 15 minutes, pushing the lead to as many as 28 (83-55) with 5:34 to play. From that point, ERAU cruised to an 88-73 win to finish off an undefeated regular season home schedule.
The Blue and Gold will close out its final NAIA regular season on Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest at Johnson & Wales. ERAU has already secured the top seed in The Sun Conference and will host a quarterfinal game next Thursday at the ICI Center.