SAINT LEO, Fla. (January 14, 2017) – A hard-fought Sunshine State Conference game from jump to final buzzer went Rollins way as the Tars beat Saint Leo 77-72 on the road Saturday night.
Connor Mckim led three Tars in double-figures scoring, putting up 15 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. The freshman was 3-of-6 from three-point range and hit both free throw attempts in 37 minutes of action. Joey Galvis shot 3-of-5 from deep and added 13 points while Nils Lehmann notched a career-high with 11 points.
Marcus Dewberry pumped in a game-high 33 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including nine three-pointers, to lead the Lions. Justin Satchell added nine points and Antonie Tobias pulled in eight rebounds.
Rollins improves to 9-8 with the victory and stays in the middle of the Sunshine State Conference standings at 3-5. Saint Leo drops to 7-10 overall, 2-5 SSC.
STANDOUT PERFORMERS • Marcus Dewberry (SL) 33 pts, 11-20 FG, 9-15 3FG • Connor Mckim (RC) 15 pts, 4 rbs, 37 min. • Joey Galvis (RC) 14 pts, 3-5 3FG • Nils Lehmann (RC) 11 pts, 8-10 FT
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l Rollins trailed for the first five minutes as a Marcus Dewberry three-pointer gave the hosts a 10-5 lead at the 15:41 mark. Galvis got the Tars going with a three-pointer and Fleming hit three, three’s over four possessions for an 11-0 Rollins run and 19-12 lead with 11:54 on the clock. As a team, Rollins went 5-for-5 with four three-pointers during the span. Dewberry stayed hot and cut the Tars lead to three just three minutes later, but Rollins was able to stay on top and took a 35-30 advantage into halftime.
Second Half l Rollins outscored Saint Leo 13-3 over the first three minutes of the second and took a 47-33 lead into the first media timeout. The Tars kept Leo at bay and led 55-41 at the 12 minute mark before the Lions chopped away and closed the gap to 57-49 midway through the second. Lehmann made good on three straight from the line to get Rollins going again and Mckim hit from deep to put the Tars up 68-57 with 6:40 to play. Saint Leo got hot and cut the lead to 75-71 with 1:26 to play. Rollins was able to stay on top due to eight points from Mckim and three from Lehmann during the span. Lehman made it a 76-71 Tars advantage and Saint Leo had four looks on their next possession before drawing a foul with less than a minute to play. Junior Searcy got one free throw and, after a quick foul, Eric Castaneda got it back on the other end for Rollins. The Tars pressure then held Leo without a final look and the game ended with Rollins on top.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 23-50 (46 percent); Saint Leo 24-54 (44 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 11-22 (50 percent); Saint Leo 13-32 (41 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 20-27 (74 percent); Saint Leo 11-16 (69 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 30, Saint Leo 31 • Turnovers: Rollins 12, Saint Leo 14 • Rollins led in points off turnovers 25-7 and bench points 29-18 • Jakobi Bonner scored seven points in six minutes of action off the bench. • Jack Fleming (9 pts) hit three, three-pointers over a span of four first half possessions.
GAME NOTES • Rollins improves to 83-21 all-time against the Lions. The win was the Tars first in Saint Leo since 2014. • Nils Lehmann’s previous career-high was 10 points against Tampa earlier this year. • Connor Mckim has led Rollins in scoring two straight games. • Rollins had its seventh different starting line-up of the season. • Rollins is now 994-777 in the modern era of men’s basketball (1950) • Tom Klusman is now 662-390 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars return home for their next two, hosting Lynn on Wednesday, January 18 at 5:30 p.m. and Florida Tech on Saturday, January 21 at 4 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.