BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 11, 2017) – Connor Mckim tied a career-best with 27 points and flirted with a triple double, leading Rollins to a 92-80 win over Lynn in Sunshine State Conference action.
The Tars (15-10, 9-6 SSC) are alone in third in the league standings with three games left in the regular season.
Just a freshman, Mckim hit 6-of-9 three-pointers and was 9-for-12 at the free throw line. The Louisville native also tallied seven rebounds, eight assists and a pair of steals. Jeff Merton chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds while Sam Philpott and Eric Castaneda both had 11 points and four rebounds.
Lynn (11-11, 6-8 SSC) had four scorers in double figures, led by Jamal Palmer and Juwan Frazier each with 13. Marquan Botley and Terrell Rogers both scored 12.
Rollins next hosts conference leader Barry on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m. The sixth-ranked Bucs will head to Winter Park having dropped their last two.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l The two teams traded scores on each of their first three possessions with a Botley three-pointer tying the score at eight just three minutes in. Nils Lehmann hit from deep for the Tars on the next possession that put the visitors back on top, a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night. Mckim caught fire and pushed Rollins ahead 25-14 with his fourth three-pointer of the night at the 9:54 mark. The lead would shrink to 37-30 with 4:31 left in the half before the Tars pulled away again and took a 43-33 lead into the break.
Second Half l The Tars came out firing in the second half and another Mckim triple grew Rollins lead to a game-high 17, 53-36, with 16:26 to play. Lynn trudged its way back and closed to within 67-61 at the midway point of the half. The Tars responded with a 10-3 run and led 77-64 with less than six minutes to play. The Fighting Knights again cut the lead to single digits late, but Mckim hit 6-of-7 at the free throw line in the final minutes to close out the victory.
GAME NOTES • Rollins leads the all-time series with Lynn 26-15 after completing the season sweep over the Fighting Knights. • The victory is the 1,000th in the modern era of Rollins men’s basketball. The College disbanded the program in 1941 due to the majority of men students joining World War II and it was brought back for the 1949-50 season; Rollins is 1000-779 over the last 67 seasons. • Rollins had less than 10 turnovers for the fifth time this season and second-straight game. • Rollins 14 three-pointers is the second most in a game this season. • Connor Mckim tied a career-best 27 points set at Florida Southern earlier this year. His eight assists is a new career-best. • Tom Klusman is now 668-392 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS The Tars return to Winter Park to face SSC leader Barry on Wednesday, February 15 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.