Myk Brown led Rollins (15-9, 8-6 SSC) with 17 points while Chris Malcolm added 12 points and five blocks. With his second swat early in the first half, the senior became Rollins' all-time blocks leader and now totals 109, five ahead of second place Craig Reichel. Malcolm achieved the feat in just three years, playing his first season at Winthrop.
Simon Cummings filled the box score for Florida Tech (19-5, 11-4 SSC), posting 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Julius Reid added 16 points and eight rebounds with Derek Helleman netting 13.
The Panthers took over first place in the SSC standings after Barry beat Eckerd by two early in the day.
Rollins shot just 22 percent (5-22) in the second half and 37 percent (19-51) for the game while Tech hit 41 percent (21-51) from the field. The Tars were outrebounded 36-29 and committed 11 turnovers to seven from the Panthers.
The Tars took command early and used a hot Scott Schuette to lead 22-9 after the first 11 minutes. Tech slowly started to chip away and pulled to within 32-27 with 98 seconds to play in the half, before a Dave Diakite 3-pointer was followed with a Helleman jumper on the other end at the one-minute mark.
Malcolm had a huge block in the final five seconds, but the Tars last shot at the buzzer went begging and they took a 35-29 lead into the locker room.
The Panthers scored the first eight points of the second half and took their first lead, 37-35 with 18:46 to play. Rollins answered and was able to rebuild its lead to 50-45 at the 9:02 mark.
Rollins would then only score six more points the rest of the way while Tech tacked on 26 and spoiled the Tars home finale.
Rollins will look gather momentum and seeding for the SSC Tournament with a pair of road games to close the regular season. They first travel to Barry on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for a 7:30 p.m. match-up, then will face Nova Southeastern on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.