ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (February 4, 2012) - After scoring just 10 points by halftime and falling into a 30-point hole, Rollins mounted a furious comeback but came up short, falling to Eckerd 71-57 on the road Saturday.
Darrien Mack poured in 21 off the bench to pace Eckerd (15-5, 8-3 SSC), who took over sole possession of first place in the SSC with the win. Wayne Sears, Jr. added 12 point sand seven rebounds while Woody Taylor chipped in 11.
Rollins suffered through its worst half in recent history, shooting just 3-of-25 (12 percent) from the field and 0-of-11 from 3-point range.
Rollins, however, missed its next 15 shots and went scoreless for nearly 12 minutes, allowing the Tritons to build a 21-4 lead. A pair of Ian Scott free throws at the 4:15 mark stopped the bleeding for the Tars, but they would go another minute before a field goal on a Jeff Dirkin put back.
Rollins' struggles continued as Eckerd took a commanding 32-10 lead into the break.
The Tritons started the second frame on a 13-5 spurt and took a 30-point lead with 16 minutes to play. Brown hit Rollins' first 3-pointer of the game on the Tars ensuing possession and started their slow climb back into the game.
Rollins began to get stops on defense and found its shot on the other end, eventually closing to within 55-46 after a Sharpe triple at the 6:17 mark.
Sears quickly answered with a 3-pointer for the Tritons to push the advantage back to double-digits. Rollins closed the gap to 11 twice more, but key baskets and free throws down the stretch kept them at bay as they fell for the second consecutive game.
The Tars shot 53 percent in the second half and ended the game 19-of-55 (35 percent) from the field, including 5-of-23 from long range. EC shot 23-of-50 (46 percent) from the floor and outrebounded Rollins 35-34.
Rollins is idle Wednesday and will look to get back to its winning ways on Saturday, Feb. 11 at home against Saint Leo. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m. Fans can follow all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.