#2 Sharks Earn 20th Win of Season

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team continues to hit their stride as the regular season winds down, earning their eighth consecutive win – 20th on the season – and defeated the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 115-96 on Saturday evening in Sunshine State Conference action. MJ Iraldi led the Sharks, scoring 21 points (7-12 FG), grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three steals in the victory, Mike Moore (15 points), Trey Doomes (15), Ryan Walsh (12) and GianFranco Grafals (11) all contributed double-digit points off the bench for the Sharks.

Breakdown
Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 20-2, 14-2 SSC | Palm Beach Atlantic 15-10, 9-8 SSC
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 115 | Palm Beach Atlantic 96
Location: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.
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How it Happened
First Half – Palm Beach Atlantic opened the game on a 7-0 run, but the Sharks were took their first lead of the contest following a trio of made threes from Ryan Walsh and Mike Moore, giving NSU a 22-17 advantage. Both the Sharks and Sailfish traded buckets back-and-forth before MJ Iraldi broke the tie with a three-pointer of his own. Isaiah Fuller hit a pair of threes, giving the Sharks a ten-point advantage – 48-38 – with less than five minutes remaining in the half. Trey Doomes scored the final four points of the half for the Sharks, sending the game into the break with NSU leading 59-46 over PBA. 

Second Half – Nova Southeastern continued to extend the lead in the early moments of the first half, as Moore knocked down a pair of free throws to give NSU a 71-52 lead. Grafals gave the Sharks a 20-point lead, making a dunk on the fast-break off an assist from Doomes. Midway through the second half, Nova Southeastern continued to hold a large advantage over PBA, as Doomes hit a pair of free throws and put the score at 88-67. Fuller put NSU at 100-points with just under six minutes remaining in the game. NSU sealed their eighth consecutive win, and 20th of the 2023-24 season, defeating Palm Beach Atlantic 115-96. 

Shark Standouts
MJ Iraldi: 21 points, 7-12 FG, eight rebounds, three steals
Mike Moore: 15 points, 5-6 FG. 3-4 3P
Trey Doomes: 15 points, three steals, 5-6 FG

Sunshine State Conference Standings

1. No. 2 Nova Southeastern 14-2
2.  Florida Southern 13-4
3.  Embry-Riddle 10-6
4.  Lynn 9-7
5. Palm Beach Atlantic 9-8
6. Florida Tech 8-8
7.  Barry 7-9
8. Eckerd 7-9

What's Next
No. 2 Nova Southeastern returns to the Shark Tank to host the Barry Buccaneers on Wednesday, February 21st, for Sunshine State Conference action. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

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Sharks Stay at No. 2 in NABC Rankings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For the second consecutive week, the Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team maintains their spot as second in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll. The second-ranked Sharks, currently riding a seven-game winning streak, are 19-2 on the season and hold a 13-2 record in Sunshine State Conference play. Full NABC rankings here.

No. 2 Nova Southeastern has five league games remaining on the 2023-24 season – at Palm Beach Atlantic (2/17), versus Barry (2/21), versus Florida Southern (2/24), at Tampa (2/28), and versus Saint Leo (3/2). The Sharks currently own a two-game lead in the Sunshine State Conference standings over Florida Southern (11-4). 

Sunshine State Conference Standings

Place School Record
1 No. 2 Nova Southeastern 13-2
2.  Florida Southern 11-4
3. Palm Beach Atlantic 9-6
T4. Lynn 8-6
T4. Embry-Riddle 8-6
6. Eckerd 7-8
T7. Florida Tech 6-8
T.7 Barry 6-8
9. Rollins 5-10
10. Saint Leo 4-10
11. Tampa 3-12

Shane Hunter has led NSU on both ends of the floor throughout the campaign. The senior leads Nova Southeastern in points-per-game (16.1), rebounds-per-game (6.7), and is shooting 57.5% from the floor. Hunter also ranks third in the league with 37 blocks (1.7 per-game).  

No. 2 Nova Southeastern returns to action on Saturday, February 17th, taking on Palm Beach Atlantic at the Rubin Arena. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. 

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#2 Sharks Comeback to Beat Eagles in SSC Play

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team won their seventh consecutive game, defeating the Embry-Riddle Eagles 99-81 on Saturday evening from the ICI Center. 

Breakdown

Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 19-2, 13-2 SSC | Embry-Riddle 14-8, 8-6 SSC
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 99 | Embry-Riddle 81
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla. 
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How it Happened

First Half – Both the Sharks and Eagles battled back-and-forth for the opening minutes, as the Sunshine State Conference rivals traded buckets. Embry-Riddle went on a 7-0 run, taking a 12-6 lead over NSU. After the midway point of the first half, Embry-Riddle held a 31-20 lead over NSU but the Sharks continued to comeback into the contest, as a Mike Moore three-point bucket put the score at 39-37 in favor of the Eagles. With just over a minute left in the first half, Trey Doomes hit a pair of free throws to give NSU a 47-46 advantage. The Sharks went into halftime with a 51-48 lead over Embry-Riddle. 

Second Half – Early in the second half, MJ Iraldi scored five consecutive points for Nova Southeastern, giving NSU a 58-50 lead. The Sharks momentum continued, and following a steal, Doomes threw down a dunk and put Nova Southeastern in front 64-54. The Eagles cut their deficit to just four points, but back-to-back buckets from Iraldi held Embry-Riddle at bay and put the score at 68-60. Isaiah Fuller, off an assist from Shane Hunter, finished a lay-up and put the Sharks in front 74-67 with just over ten minutes remaining. Nova Southeastern put the game out of reach following a 15-0 run, spanning nearly four minutes of game time, as Hunter, Iraldi, Doomes, GianFranco Grafals, Eli Allen, Ryker and Cisarik all contributed. The Sharks closed out the 99-81 victory over the Eagles. 

Shark Standouts

MJ Iraldi: 19 points, 8-14 FG, seven rebounds
Shane Hunter: 18 points, 7-14 FG, eight rebounds 

What's Next

No. 2 Nova Southeastern will be back in action on Saturday, February 17th, taking on the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish at the Rubin Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. To stay up to date on Sharks Men’s Basketball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MBasketball. 

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#2 NSU Holds off Florida Tech

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball held off Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Tech on Wednesday evening, as the Sharks avenged a SSC loss against the Panthers with a 73-70 victory at the Rick Case Arena. 

Nova Southeastern has now won 55 consecutive games at the Rick Case Arena, dating back to the 2019-20 season. 

Breakdown
Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 18-2, 12-2 SSC | Florida Tech 12-8, 5-8 SSC
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 73 | Florida Tech 70
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened
First Half – The Sharks got off to an early advantage, taking a 7-1 lead over the Panthers, as Ryan Walsh, Ryker Cisarik, Shane Hunter and Isaiah Fuller got involved in the opening minutes. The contest turned into a defensive and physical struggle for most of the first half, but the Sharks were able to open a 16-6 lead following a MJ Iraldi three-pointer midway through the period. Nova Southeastern was able to pull away, maintaining a double-digit advantage into the halftime break, leading 36-24. 

Second Half – Following the break, both the Sharks and Panthers traded buckets back-and-forth to begin the second half, but NSU took a 51-35 lead after five straight points from Alex Mangold. Florida Tech battled back into the game before taking a 61-60 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the match-up. Hunter and Fuller combined to hit four straight free throws, putting NSU ahead 66-61 with 3:20 left on the clock. A few moments later, the Panthers went on a brief, 5-0 run, tying the game at 66-66. Iraldi put NSU in front with a lay-up and Fuller sealed the game with the final five points for the Sharks, as NSU hung on to beat Florida Tech 73-70. 

In other Sunshine State Conference action, Florida Southern (10-4 SSC) was defeated by Embry-Riddle 97-90 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Sharks now hold a two-game lead in the Sunshine State Conference standings with six games remaining in the regular season.

Shark Standouts
Isaiah Fuller: 16 points, three steals, 5-6 FT
Shane Hunter: 15 points, two blocks, seven rebounds, 5-6 FT
Alex Mangold: 10 points, 3-3 FG
GianFranco Grafals: 10 points, 4-5 FG

What's Next
No. 2 Nova Southeastern travels to take on Embry-Riddle in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday, February 10th. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Basketball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_MBasketball. 
 

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MJ Iraldi Named SSC Player of the Week

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced the Players of the Week for the week of January 29 – February 4, on Monday afternoon. Nova Southeastern Sharks student-athlete MJ Iraldi (Men’s Basketball) earned honors following his performances this past week.      

Iraldi collects Player of the Week by scoring nearly a point a minute during NSU’s pair of road conference wins. The West Deptford, New Jersey product was efficient in a 109-93 victory at Lynn, scoring a game-high 30 points in 27 minutes with an 87% field goal percentage. In the win, he added nine rebounds, three steals, and an assist to his stat sheet. Iraldi saw the court for 17 minutes in NSU’s 117-70 win at Eckerd. He scored 11 points, dished a game-high five assists, registered two steals, and pulled down a rebound in the contest. The junior totaled 41 points last week by shooting 77% from the field (17-22), 80% from behind the arc (4-5), and 75% from the free-throw line (3-4). Iraldi averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 blocks while playing 22.0 minutes per game. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks athletics, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSUSharks.  

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#3 Sharks Handle Tritons in SSC Play

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The third-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team maintained its lead in the Sunshine State Conference by defeating the Eckerd Tritons 117-70 on Saturday evening from the McArthur Center. 

Ryker Cisarik led the Sharks, scoring 20 points, while shooting 77% from the field, in the victory.

Breakdown
Score: No. 3 Nova Southeastern 117 | Eckerd 70
Records: No. 3 Nova Southeastern 17-2, 11-2 SSC | Eckerd 12-9, 7-6 SSC
Location: McArthur Center | St. Petersburg, Fla.
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How it Happened
First Half – Eckerd got off to an early 7-6 lead over the Sharks, but Mike Moore put NSU in front by knocking down a three-pointer. MJ Iraldi sparked a brief 6-0 run by the Sharks, extending Nova Southeastern’s lead to 15-9 over the Tritons. Ryker Cisarik scored eight consecutive points for the Sharks, giving NSU a 31-17 advantage with under nine minutes remaining in the opening half. Moore’s second three-pointer of the first half extended the Sharks lead to 42-21 over Eckerd. Nova Southeastern went into halftime leading the Tritons 56-36. 

Second Half – The Sharks continued to put the pressure on Eckerd, as Iraldi, Isaiah Fuller, Cisarik, Alex Mangold, and GianFranco Grafals all got on the scoreboard in the early minutes of the second half. Mangold knocked down another three-pointer for NSU, putting Nova Southeastern in front 86-54 at the midway point of the half. Later in the half, Mangold put the Sharks ahead by 40, leading 103-63. Nova Southeastern closed out the 117-70 victory, the Sharks fifth consecutive win, maintaining a game-lead in the Sunshine State Conference standings. 

Shark Standouts
Ryker Cisarik: 20 points, 7-9 FG, five rebounds
Alex Mangold: 18 points, 7-11 FG, four rebounds
Mike Moore: 15 points, 5-6 FG, 3-4 3PT

What's Next
No. 3 Nova Southeastern returns to the Rick Case Arena to play the Florida Tech Panthers on Wednesday, February 7th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Iraldi, Doomes lead #3 NSU to SSC win over Lynn

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The third-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team won its fourth consecutive Sunshine State Conference game, defeating the Lynn Fighting Knights 109-93 on Wednesday night at the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center. 

MJ Iraldi paced the Sharks in the effort, scoring a career-best 30 points, while shooting 13-15 from the field and grabbing nine rebounds. Trey Doomes added 24 points, another career-best, and shot 10-15 in the contest. 

Breakdown
Score: No. 3 Nova Southeastern 109 | Lynn 93
Records: No. 3 Nova Southeastern 16-2, 10-2 SSC | Lynn 12-6, 7-5 SSC
Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
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How it Happened
First Half – Isaiah Fuller, MJ Iraldi and Trey Doomes provided the early offense for the Sharks, as the trio combined to score each of the first 13 points for NSU and opened the game on a 13-3 run. Lynn was able to cut the NSU advantage to 20-15 before Iraldi finished off an and-one opportunity and Ryan Davis added a layup, getting the lead back to double-digits. Tommy Sala and Mike Moore each knocked down a three-pointer for the Sharks, extending the advantage to 31-17 over the Fighting Knights. Later in the half, Iraldi maintained the hot shooting stroke, scoring five consecutive points for NSU, putting the Sharks ahead 55-44. Nova Southeastern went into the break leading 57-46. 

Second Half – Shane Hunter began the second half by scoring the six straight points for the Sharks, extending the NSU advantage to 63-48 over Lynn. Doomes followed by adding six consecutive points of him own, with two buckets coming off a pair of fast break opportunities. Ryan Davis finished an and-one and also added another two free throws, giving the Sharks a 76-55 lead. Following the midway point of the second half, Iraldi put two more points on his ledger, finishing a fast break layup off an assist from Doomes, extending the advantage to 92-70. Nova Southeastern held off Lynn the rest of the way and reclaimed sole possession of first place in the Sunshine State Conference with the 109-93 victory, 

Shark Standouts
MJ Iraldi: 30 points (career-high), 13-15 FG, 3-3 3PT, nine rebounds, three steals
Trey Doomes: 24 points (career-high), 10-15 FG, five rebounds, six assists
Shane Hunter: 17 points, 7-9 FG, nine rebounds

What's Next
No. 3 Nova Southeastern will travel to St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, February 3, beginning the push for the Sunshine State Conference regular season title by taking on Eckerd. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Basketball, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_MBasketball 

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#6 Sharks Roll Past Tars in SSC Action

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The sixth-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team won its third consecutive game, defeating the Rollins College Tars 110-62 on Saturday evening from the Rick Case Arena. Eli Allen, making his first collegiate start, scored 15 points in the win, while the entire roster got into the score book with points.  

Breakdown
Score: No. 6 Nova Southeastern 110 | Rollins 62
Records: No. 6 Nova Southeastern 15-2, 9-2 SSC | Rollins 5-13, 2-9 SSC
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened
First Half – The Sharks got after Rollins from the opening tip, as Shane Hunter started a 12-2 run for NSU. MJ Iraldi scored five consecutive points for Nova Southeastern, before Mike Moore added a bucket and Trey Doomes knocked down a three-pointer. Later in the half, Isaiah Fuller recorded a three-pointer of his own, extending the Sharks’ advantage to 21-11. Following the midway point of the opening half, GianFranco Grafals hit a three-pointer, putting Nova Southeastern ahead 28-14. Ryan Walsh hit three consecutive three-point buckets, two off assists from Hunter, as NSU led 41-18 with seven minutes remaining in the half. The Sharks went into the halftime break with a 58-28 lead over Rollins. 

During the halftime break, NSU Men’s Basketball presented 2022-23 NCAA Division II National Champion Will Yoakum with his championship ring. 

Second Half – The second half was more of the same for the Sharks, as a full team effort enabled NSU to control the game for its remainder. Nova Southeastern received contributions from each member of the team. NSU outscored Rollins 30-9 off of turnovers, 22-7 on second chance points, 54-17 in bench points, 44-36 inside the paint and 27-11 in the fastbreak, 

Nova Southeastern outscored Rollins a combined 218-126 in both match-ups this season and the Sharks have defeated Rollins in eight consecutive games dating back to February 5, 2020. 

Shark Standouts
Eli Allen: !5 points, 5-10 FG, three rebounds, three assists
Shane Hunter: 12 points, five rebounds, five assists
GianFranco Grafals: 14 points, four rebounds
Trey Doomes: 10 points, nine rebounds

Coach's Corner
Head Coach Jim Crutchfield – “I thought our guys did a really good job of not letting Rollins get comfortable on the offensive end. We put pressure on them in both the full court and half court, keeping Rollins from what they do best – executing their sets. Nice to get everybody on the court and have balance in scoring.”

What's Next
No. 6 Nova Southeastern takes on the Lynn Fighting Knights in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday, January 31st in Boca Raton, Fla. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Basketball, follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MBasketball. 

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#7 Sharks Roll Past Lions

SAINT LEO, FL. – The seventh-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team cruised past Saint Leo in Sunshine State Conference play, as NSU defeated the Lions 116-74 on Saturday evening from the Marion Bowman Activities Center. Shane Hunter led the way with 18 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. 

Breakdown

Records: No. 7 Nova Southeastern 14-2, 8-2 SSC | Saint Leo 8-9, 3-6 SSC 
Score: No. 7 Nova Southeastern 116 | Saint Leo 74 
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, FL 
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How it Happened

 First Half – Back-to-back buckets from Trey Doomes and GianFranco Grafals jump-started the scoring for NSU. The Lions responded, tying the match at six but a three-pointer from Ryan Walsh gave the Sharks an early 9-6 lead. Moments later, Tommy Sala came down and converted a layup, which was followed by a three-pointer from Shane Hunter, extending the Sharks lead to 8 with 16:31 remaining in the half. Towards the midway point of the half, Eli Allen knocked down a three-pointer to extend the lead to 20. Nova Southeastern stayed aggressive offensively, closing the half on a 14-6 run, and went into the break with a 63-37 lead. 

Second Half – Grafals scored four consecutive points to kick off the second half for NSU. With 10 minutes remaining in the half, MJ Iraldi scored back-to-back buckets to add to the Sharks 10-0 run, which was capped off by a three-pointer from Mike Moore, extending NSU’s advantage to 98-54. The Sharks continued to dominate defensively, cruising to a 116-74 victory over the Saint Leo Lions.

Shark Standouts

Shane Hunter: 18 points, six rebounds, six assists, 7-11 FG 
Mike Moore: 17 points, five 3PM, two steals 
GianFranco Grafals: 14 points, six rebounds 
 
Nova Southeastern forced Saint Leo to turn the ball over 31 times and outscored the Lions 38-9 off the errors. 
The Sharks bench outscored Saint Leo 48-23. 
 
What's Next

 No. 7 Nova Southeastern heads back home to take on Rollins in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday, January 27th. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Basketball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MBasketball 

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#7 Sharks Outlast Eckerd

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The seventh-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Basketball team outlasted Eckerd in Sunshine State Conference play, as NSU defeated the Tritons 88-84 on Wednesday evening from the Rick Case Arena. Shane Hunter and Isaiah Hunter, following both being named to the Bevo Francis Award Top-100 Watch List, combined for 31 points in the victory.

Breakdown
Records: No. 7 Nova Southeastern 13-2, 7-2 SSC | Eckerd 9-7, 4-4 SSC
Score: No. 7 Nova Southeastern 88 | Eckerd 84
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened
First Half – Both the Sharks and Tritons matched each other shot for shot in the opening minutes of the first half, before Shane Hunter finished an and-one to give NSU an 11-9 lead. A few moments later, Isaiah Fuller went coast-to-coast, starting a fast break opportunity with a steal and hit a lay-up, which put NSU ahead 15-11. At the midway point of the first half, MJ Iraldi tied the game at 23-23 with another fastbreak layup following a steal. Eckerd took a 32-27 lead over NSU, but Alex Mangold halted the Tritons brief run with a three-point bucket. Nova Southeastern withstood the first half charge by Eckerd, closing the half on a 21-9 run, and went into the half with a 51-41 lead.

Second Half – The Sharks continued their surge from the first half, starting the second period on an 18-7 run, which featured points by Mike Moore, GianFranco Grafals, Ryan Walsh, Mangold, Fuller, Hunter and Iraldi, taking a 69-48 lead. Trey Doomes scored back-to-back baskets for the Sharks, adding a block, and extended NSU’s advantage to 75-58 over Eckerd with 10 minutes remaining in the half. The Tritons rallied back into the game, putting the score at 82-81 with just over three minutes left in the contest. Ryker Cisarik and Fuller sealed the Sharks’ 88-84 victory over Eckerd at the free throw line.  
 
Shark Standouts
Shane Hunter: 19 points, nine rebounds, 7-16 FG
MJ Iraldi: 16 points, four rebounds, four steals
Isaiah Fuller: 12 points, five assists
Nova Southeastern forced Eckerd to turn the ball over 29 times and outscored the Tritons 35-14 off the errors.
The Sharks bench outscored Eckerd’s 34-16.
NSU’s transition offense proved to be a difference maker in the contest, as the Sharks outscored Eckerd 30-20 on fast breaks.

What's Next
No. 7 Nova Southeastern travels to play Saint Leo in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday, January 20th. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Basketball, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MBasketball.
 

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