HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l Rollins came out to a sluggish start and quickly trailed Lynn 20-8 after the first seven minutes. For the second-straight game Jakobi Bonner was a spark off the bench, scoring the game’s next four points to get the Tars rolling. With Lynn leading by nine at the 7:09 mark, Rollins outscored the Fighting Knights 7-2 over the next five minutes and cut the lead to 28-23. The Tars then got as close at 30-28 in the final minutes before Lynn took a 32-28 lead into the break.
Second Half l Lynn went back up by as many as nine early in the second before the Tars came all the way back and tied the score 43-43 with 13:16 to play. Jeff Merton put Rollins ahead for the first time all night on the next possession before a 5-0 Lynn spurt swung momentum back the visitor’s way. The game then saw both offenses come alive with three lead changes and six ties over the next eight minutes. Neither team would lead by more than three during the span. Rollins took a 68-65 advantage after a driving Connor Mckim layup at the 2:19 mark and Jack Fleming made it a five-point spread on the Tars next possession. With less than a minute to play, Botley and Juwan Frazier scored back-to-back buckets to cut into the Tars lead 70-69 with 22 ticks left. Joey Galvis made good on a pair from the line, pushing to Tars lead to 72-69. After a foul, Terrell Rogers hit a pair from the line and Lynn quickly fouled. Galvis made 1-of-2 at the stripe, but Lynn wasn’t able to get a shot off in the final seconds as the Tars picked up a second-straight victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 25-57 (44 percent); Lynn 23-51 (45 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 7-19 (37 percent); Lynn 8-19 (42 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 16-24 (67 percent); Lynn 17-22 (77 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 29, Lynn 40 • Turnovers: Rollins 8, Lynn 17 • Rollins Rollins led 34-28 on points in the paint and 21-11 in points off turnovers. • Blake Admire was 3-of-3 from the field for six points in nine minutes. • The game saw eight ties and seven lead changes, all in the second half.
GAME NOTES • Rollins now leads the all-time series with Lynn 26-15. • Sam Philpott set a new career-high with three blocks. • Rollins eight turnovers was a season-low. • Joey Galvis tied a career-high with six assists. • Rollins played its eighth different starting line-up of the season. • Rollins is now 995-777 in the modern era of men’s basketball (1950) • Tom Klusman is now 663-390 all-time.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins is back in action on Saturday, January 21 hosting Florida Tech 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.