Tars Winning Streak Snapped by Eagles
|Points||Bonner - 20||Hogan - 29|
|Rebounds||Merton - 10||Hogan - 9|
|Assists||2 tied with 3||Barnes - 9|
WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 1, 2017) – Rollins saw its six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of hot-shooting Embry-Riddle Wednesday, falling 97-78 at home.
Freshman Jakobi Bonner poured in a career-high 20 points to lead Rollins (13-9). Joey Galvis chipped in 12 points while Nils Lehmann added 11. Jeff Merton tallied nine points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Skyler Hogan had a monster night for Embry-Riddle, scoring 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including a 7-of-7 performance beyond the arc. He also pulled in a team-high nine rebounds. Luka Majstorovic chipped in 18 points with seven rebounds while Dillon Graham scored 17.
Rollins drops to 13-9 on the year, but remains in a tie for third in the Sunshine State Conference standings with a month left in the season. SSC provisional member Embry-Riddle improves to 13-7 on the year.
• Skyler Hogan (ER) 29 pts, 10-13 FG, 7-7 3FG
• Jakobi Bonner (RC) 20 pts, 3 assists
• Luka Majstorovic (ER) 18 pts, 7 rbs.
• Dillon Graham (ER) 17 pts.
• Nils Lehmann (RC) 11 pts.
• Joey Galvis (RC) 10 pts.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS
First Half l The game was played close to start with ERAU going up 16-8 after the first five minutes, only to have Rollins come back and tie the score at 16 with 12:43 left in the first. Brian Johnson put the Eagles back ahead with a three-pointer on the next possession. Rollins later trailed 23-22 midway through the half. Embry-Riddle then got on a hot streak and started to pull away, putting the Tars down 38-26 at the 2:37 mark. The Tars eventually went into the break trailing 42-31.
Second Half l Rollins offense was stuck in neutral to start the second as the hosts quickly fell into a 65-40 hole with 13:27 left. The Tars would then get no closer than 21 until a late Blake Admire three pointer with 1:37 to go cut the Eagles advantage to 91-72.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 25-63 (40 percent) ERAU 36-62 (58 percent)
• 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 7-30 (23 percent) ERAU 12-22 (55 percent)
• Free-throws: Rollins 21-28 (75 percent); ERAU 13-24 (54 percent)
• Rebounding: Rollins 34, ERAU 41
• Turnovers: Rollins 17, ERAU 17
• Embry-Riddle beat the Tars in points in the paint 44-28 and fast break points 11-3.
• The game saw two ties and two lead changes.
• Rollins has its eight-game winning streak against the Eagles snapped, but still lead the all-time series 8-3.
• Rollins has scored at least 42 points in the second half in each of the last six games.
• ERAU’s 58 percent from the field was the best shooting night against the Tars this season.
• Jakobi Bonner’s previous career-high was 16 points scored against Puerto Rico Mayaguez earlier this season.
• Nils Lehmann tied a career-high with 11 points.
• Jeff Merton is now one point behind Steve Heis for 32nd on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1,098 points.
• Rollins basketball is 998-777 in the modern era (since 1950)
• Tom Klusman is now 666-391 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
Rollins is back on the road for its next match-up, visiting Eckerd on Saturday, February 4 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.