ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (February 4, 2017) – For the second-straight game, Rollins faced a hot shooting opponent and couldn’t match pace as the Tars fell to Eckerd 93-71 on the road Saturday night.
Jakobi Bonner led the Tars with 14 points off the bench. The freshman hit 4-of-5 from the field and 6-of-10 at the free throw line. Joey Galvis added 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Sam Philpott contributed nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Matt Beneduci poured in a career-high 31 points in just 18 minutes to lead Eckerd. Kevin Walsh added 17 points. The pair combined to shoot 12-of-22 from three-point range.
A total of 52 fouls were called in the game; Rollins shot 18-of-27 at the stripe and Eckerd went 20-of-27.
The Tars drop to 13-10 on the year and 7-6 in Sunshine State Conference play. The Tritons kept pace in the league standings and are now 16-6 overall, 9-4 SSC. STANDOUT PERFORMERS • Matt Beneduci (EC) 31 pts, 7-12 3FG • Kevin Walsh (EC) 17 pts, 5-10 3FG • Jakobi Bonner (RC) 14 pts. • Drushaun McLaurn (EC) 10 pts, 5 rbs. • Joey Galvis (RC) 10 pts, 4 rbs.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l After Eckerd took a five point lead early, three-pointers by Nils Lehmann and Galvis where followed by a bucket from Jeff Merton to put the Tars up 9-6 after five minutes of play. EC then rolled off a 20-2 run over the next five minutes and grabbed a 26-11 lead at the halfway point of the first. The Tars responded with a 9-0 run after a timeout to get within six, 26-20. That would be as close as they would get as Eckerd went on to lead by as many as 17 in the first. The Tars deficit stood at 44-30 by halftime.
Second Half l Rollins couldn’t gain any ground to start the second and its chance at a comeback started to slip away as Eckerd built a 25-point advantage with 11:01 to play. The Tars would get no closer than 22 the rest of the way and trailed by as many as 31 late in the game. The teams combined to shoot 40 free throws in the second half.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 22-59 (37 percent) Eckerd 20-53 (57 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 9-20 (45 percent) Eckerd 13-28 (46 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 18-27 (67 percent) Eckerd 20-27 (74 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 28, Eckerd 38 • Turnovers: Rollins 14, Eckerd 19 • Both teams had more than half its points come from the bench (RC 58, EC 59).
GAME NOTES • Rollins falls to 68-51 all-time against Eckerd and were swept in the season series. • Rollins has scored at least 41 points in the second half in each of the last seven games. • Jakobi Bonner has led the Tars in scoring each of the last two games. • Joey Galvis set a new career-high with two blocks; his previous best was one, set nine times. • Jeff Merton passed Steve Heis for 32nd on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1,106 points. • Rollins basketball is 998-778 in the modern era (since 1950) • Tom Klusman is now 666-392 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars return to Winter Park to face Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, February 8 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.