WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 25, 2012) - Rollins closed the first half of the Sunshine State Conference schedule on a high note and atop the standings, beating Nova Southeastern 65-56 Wednesday.

Dave Diakite turned in a highlight-reel performance with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Rollins (13-5, 6-2 SSC). The junior had just one jumper and two dunks from the field, but went 12-of-14 from the stripe, while also adding three blocks.

Jeff Dirkin chipped in 10 points with Chris Malcolm tallying seven points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Robert Huntington and Iran Hollis each netted 12 points to lead Nova (9-8, 4-4 SSC) Shaun Pratl added eight points and 10 rebounds.

The first 15-minutes of the game saw eight lead changes and four ties with neither team leading by more than three. Dirkin hit a triple with 5:02 to play in the half to put the Tars up 21-19 and spark an 11-4 run that gave Rollins a 32-23 advantage.

Huntington hit a layup in the waning seconds to make the score 32-35 Rollins at intermission.

In the second half, Rollins grew its lead to 47-33 after the first 10 minutes of the second period and held a 51-36 advantage with 8:29 to play. The Sharks closed the gap with a 10-2 run over the next five minutes and made it a seven-point game, 53-46 with just 2:34 left.

Rollins then went 10-of-12 from the stripe down the stretch and held on for the win.

The Tars shot 35 percent (17-of-48) in the game and hit 23-of-32 from the free throw line, while Nova hit 31 percent (20-65) from the floor. Rollins won on the glass with a 44-43 rebounding edge despite the Sharks' 21 offensive boards. The Tars also had 10 blocks and seven steals.

Rollins will be back in action on Saturday, January 28 at Florida Southern. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. from Jenkins Field House. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at