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Back-to-Back SSC Tournament Champs!
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Release: 03/06/2011
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MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 6, 2011) - Tournament Most Outstanding Player Nick Wolf had a career day and led Rollins past Eckerd 75-69 in the BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Sunshine State Conference Tournament championship game on Sunday.

The title is the second straight for the Tars (25-6) and fourth in program history.

Wolf racked up 26 points and 10 rebounds in his MVP performance, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He became just the third Rollins player to surpass 2,000 career points and is the only Tar with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The victory was also the 91st for Wolf in Rollins uniform, tying him with Nate Rusbosin for most in program history.

Matt Robertson, who added 12 points and five rebounds, joined Wolf on the SSC All-Tournament team. Nikola Baran chipped in 11 points as every player who saw action scored at least three points.

Lance Kearse paced Eckerd (22-8) with 21 points while John Harper's four 3-pointers led to 14 points.

The Tars remained efficient from the field, shooting 52 percent (25-48), while the Tritons hit 45 percent (25-56). EC earned a 34-25 advantage on the glass.

Rollins came out hot and led 5-0 before a 7-2 Tritons run knotted the score at 7-7 after the first four minutes. The Tars went back on top and pushed the lead to 13-8 and led by as much as 28-19 with less than three minutes in the half. Eckerd rolled off a 9-3 run to make the score 31-28 after a Woody Taylor triple. The Tars ran the final play of the half to perfection and Ian Scott hit a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give Rollins a 34-28 halftime lead.

Eckerd took its first lead of the game, 41-40 behind a Harper 3-pointer and Quincy Okolie layup at the 12:55 mark of the second half. Rollins swung the momentum back its way and led by four, only to have EC erase that and build a 51-48 advantage after a Kearse old-fashioned 3-point play.

Rollins never let Eckerd pull away and a pair of Wolf free throws with 6:48 to play sparked an 8-0 run that put the Tars up 62-54 with less than five minutes to play. The lead would balloon to as much as 10 in the waning moments only to see Eckerd close the gap to four with 15 ticks left. After a quick foul, Scott calmly sank a pair from the line to secure the title for the Tars.

Rollins also earned the SSC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament. The selection show is slated for Sunday, March 6 at 10 p.m. and will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

Fans can follow the Tars run through the NCAA Division II Tournament live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM, WPRK.


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