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Trans America Athletic: In Orlando, Ochiel Swaby scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half as Central Florida beat Mercer 90-68. Kris Matuszewski made six three-pointers to lead Stetson over Southeastern Louisiana 91-61. Nate Taylor made two free throws with 1:55 left in overtime to help Centenary beat Florida International 69-67. Kenya Franklin scored 20 points to lead Samford to a 78-57 win over Georgia State.

SPJC wins opener

PALMETTO _ Shawn Myers and Darnell Jackson converted five free throws down the stretch as St. Petersburg Junior College held on to beat Indian River Community College 85-80 in the opening round of the state JUCO tournament at the Manatee Civic Center. The Trojans (23-6) play Central Florida CC tonight at 9 in a semifinal game. Central Florida advanced with a 70-67 win over Tallahassee CC. The strong inside play of Terry McBryde and Myers helped SPJC in the second half. McBryde scored 16 of his 18 points and Myers scored a game-high 26 points and had 14 rebounds. Jackson scored 24 points, including three free throws in the final minutes.

Around the nation

Clearwater Christian: Shawn Brown and Joel Mason combined for five three-pointers as Clearwater Christian edged Norland Baptist 94-91 in the first round of the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament in Springfield, Mo.

_ WAYNE McKNIGHT, TIMES WIRES

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