WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2017) – Rollins held Palm Beach Atlantic to just one field goal over the final six minutes to post an 80-72 road victory Saturday, the Tars fifth-straight win.
Sam Philpott led Rollins (13-8, 7-5 Sunshine State Conference) and all scorers with 20 points to go along with five rebounds. Connor Mckim added 15 points and five rebounds while Jeff Merton tallied 12 points and seven boards. Joey Galvis was also in double figures with 10 points.
Malek Barber topped PBA (9-10, 5-7 SSC) with 18 points and nine rebounds. Bakari Warthen added 13 points while Dakota Zinser and Milos Kostic each scored 12.
Rollins owns the longest current win streak in the Sunshine State Conference and sits fourth in the standings, two full games ahead of fifth-place Florida Southern.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l PBA hit six of its first nine shots and the Tars fell into a 19-6 hole after the first six minutes. Rollins then got into the game with a 13-0 run and knotted the score at 19 with 9:01 left in the half. The Sailfish rebuilt its lead, putting Rollins down 35-28 at the 3:34 mark. Philpott got Rollins going again with a triple as the Tars came all the way back, capped with two three-point plays from Merton, to trail 38-37 at intermission.
Second Half l Down four in the early going of the second, Rollins put together another run behind the three-point shooting of Mckim and Jack Fleming, to lead 55-48 with 12:54 to play. PBA then chipped away at the Tars lead and tied the score at 63 after a Dakota Kinser three-pointer with 6:53 left. That bucket would be PBA’s last until the final seconds of the game. Rollins rode its defense to a 74-65 advantage with 2:24 to play. The Sailfish kept it close with clutch free throw shooting, hitting just one of their last 12 from the field, but would get no closer than six the rest of the night.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 28-63 (44 percent); PBA 24-60 (40 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 9-25 (36 percent); PBA 7-29 (24 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 15-19 (79 percent); PBA 17-29 (58 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 42, PBA 36 • Turnovers: Rollins 10, PBA 14 • Both teams scored 32 points in the paint. • The game had seven ties and three lead changes.
GAME NOTES • Rollins is now 25-5 all-time against Palm Beach Atlantic and swept the ‘Fish in the season series. • Rollins has scored at least 42 points in the second half in each of the last five games. • Jeff Merton passed Deon Troupe for 33rd on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1,087 points. • Rollins basketball is 998-777 in the modern era (since 1950) • Tom Klusman is now 666-390 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars return home on Wednesday, Feb. 1 hosting Embry-Riddle at 7:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.
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