HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l The Tars defense held the Sharks in check to start as Rollins jumped out to an 11-2 lead after the first nine minutes. NSU went just 1-for-9 with six turnovers to start the game. Castaneda hit back-to-back three pointers to push the Tars lead to 29-14 with five minutes left in the half. The lead was as many as 19 in the first with a Connor Mckim three-pointer putting the Tars up 45-26 at intermission.
Second Half l NSU wouldn’t let the Tars run away in the second and closed to within 68-55 with 6:45 to play. Rollins then squashed any attempted at a Sharks comeback and went up 78-56 behind the three-point shooting of Fleming. The Tars would go on to lead by as many as 23 late in the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 27-59 (46 percent) NSU 23-51 (45 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 12-32 (38 percent) NSU 9-27 (33 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 20-23 (87 percent) NSU 12-19 (63 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 28, NSU 37 • Turnovers: Rollins 9, NSU 22 • Rollins never trailed in the game.
GAME NOTES • Rollins improves to 33-11 all-time against NSU and avenges a loss to the Sharks earlier in the season. • Rollins basketball is 999-778 in the modern era (since 1950) • Rollins had its second-best night of the season at the free throw line, hitting 87 percent. • Rollins is tied with Florida Southern for third in the SSC standings, two games back of Eckerd and three behind Barry. • Tom Klusman is now 667-392 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins is on the road Saturday, February 11 facing Lynn. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m. in Boca Raton. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.