No. 3 Rollins (18-10) vs. No. 6 Lynn (13-13)
Sunshine State Conference Tournament Quarterfinal
Warden Arena – Winter Park, Florida
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
VIDEO/AUDIO: Geico Tars Sports Network/91.5 FM WPRK
Play-by-Play: Robert Segal; Color: Jim Ferro
In-Studio Pregame/Halftime – Austin David
LIVE STATS: TarsStats.com
Rollins takes its five-game winning streak into the postseason as the third-seeded Tars play host to sixth-seed Lynn Wednesday to open the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. Rollins is looking to bolster its NCAA resume and grab a spot in the South Region Tournament with a SSC Tourney run. The Tars took both games off Lynn this season, squeaking out a two-point win at home and scoring a 12-point victory in Boca. Lynn enters March having won two of its last three after an 87-64 loss at Tampa on Saturday. The Fighting Knights are 3-7 in true road games this year while Rollins is 11-3 in Warden Arena. Rollins and Lynn met in Winter Park in last season’s SSC Quarterfinal, also as the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, with the Fighting Knights pulling off the upset.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Sam Philpott has scored 18 points in each of the last two games and leads the Tars offense with 15.0 points a night. The fourth-year junior is also pulling down 4.3 rebounds a game and is shooting 55-percent from the field. Jeff Merton scores 14.1 points a game while leading the team with 5.5 rebounds a night. Freshman Connor Mckim is scoring 10.6 points and handing out 3.8 assists a night. Senior Joey Galvis leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally with 66 steals to go along with 10.3 points a game. Rollins is generating 81.3 points a game while allowing 78.8 points on the other end. Rollins is seventh in the nation in three-point shooting, knocking down 41 percent from distance.
TRACKING THE FIGHTING KNIGHTS:
Marquan Botley leads Lynn with 16.8 points a game. He is shooting 41 percent beyond the arch and has also handed out 68 assists. Jamal Palmer is getting 15.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a night. Kevin O’Brien scores 10.8 points and Terrell Rogers 10.3 a game. Vieux Kande is the top rebounder, grabbing an even 10 a night. Lynn is scoring 78.6 points a game and allowing 77.2.
Rollins leads the all-time series against Lynn 26-15 after two wins this season. The last meeting was a 92-80 Rollins win in Boca. Conor Mckim tied a career-best with 27 points to lead Rollins while Jamal Palmer and Juwan Frazier each scored 13 for Lynn.
Rollins is 32-32 all-time in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.
Rollins is 18-10 all-time in the Quarterfinals and 1-1 against Lynn.
In the 2016 Quarterfinals, No. 6 Lynn upset No. 3 Rollins 85-72 in Winter Park.
Rollins entered the NCAA Division II South Region Poll at No. 10 in the latest ranking.
Sam Philpott was one of five recipients of the CoSIDA Academic All-District award and is in the running for Academic All-American.
Rollins men’s basketball is 1003-779 in its modern era (1950).
Sam Philpott has hit at least one field goal in each of the last 36 games.
Since recording one assist in the season opening game, Connor Mckim has had at least two dimes in each of the last 25 games.
Jeff Merton ranks 29th on Rollins all-time scoring list with 1,171 points.
Tom Klusman is 671-391 in his 37th year leading the Rollins men’s basketball team.
The winner of Rollins and Lynn will meet the winner of Eckerd and Florida Southern in the semifinals on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. inside the ICI Center on the campus of Embry-Riddle. Fans can catch all the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.