WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 25, 2016) - Joey Galvis scored the game winner with 2.6 seconds left and then drew a key charge as Rollins upset 17th-ranked Barry 90-85 Wednesday night.
The Tars trailed by 15 in the middle of the second half, but completed the big comeback for a third-straight win.
Rollins (16-10, 10-6 Sunshine State Conference) is alone in third in the league standings with two games left. Barry has lost its last three and is now 19-5 overall and 12-5 in the conference while Eckerd is atop the standings at 18-6, 11-4 SSC.
Jeff Merton scored 22 points to lead Rollins. Sam Philpott went 9-of-12 from the field and chipped in 18 points, along with snaring four big offensive rebounds. Galvis scored 17 points and grabbed six steals while Eric Castaneda added 13 points.
Barry’s Arie Williams hit eight three-pointers and scored 24 points while Adrian Gonzalez tallied 20 points and seven rebounds. Kenan Guzonjic recorded 15 points and nine boards.
Rollins is back on the road for the final time this regular season, traveling to Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l Rollins trailed early, but was able keep pace with the SSC’s top-scoring offense as a Barry never led by more than five over the first 10 minutes. Castaneda drained a three-pointer at the 7:55 mark. Rollins later trailed by eight, 37-29 with 4:13 in the half. The Tars then rolled off a 13-2 run to lead for the first time on the night, 42-39 with 56 ticks left. Barry evened the score at 42 heading into the break on a Elvar Fridriksson buzzer beater.
Second Half l Merton put the Tars back on top to start the second before Barry started to heat up from long range and built a 15-point lead, 64-49 with 13:31 to play. Rollins then began to attack and closed the gap to 76-72 with 7:11 left after a pair of Philpott tip-ins. The Tars comeback brought them as close as 80-77 at the 5:41 mark on a Castaneda three-point play. Williams hit from deep and got Barry back on top 83-77 with 5:26 to play, but that would be the Bucs last field goal of the night. Rollins finally drew even with 1:06 to play as Castaneda hit a driving layup to tie the score at 85. Merton blocked the ensuing Barry shot and the Tars forced a turnover to regain possession. Connor Mckim ran the clock down to four seconds, but his 10-foot fade away was short. The rebound went right to Galvis who calmly scored the go-ahead bucket. Barry elected to not take a timeout and Galvis stepped in front of Fridriksson, drawing a charging call. Bucs head coach Butch Estes picked up two technicals and Mckim was 3-of-4 at the line to give Rollins its signature win of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 36-62 (58 percent) Barry 32-64 (50 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 10-19 (53 percent) Barry 16-34 (47 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 8-14 (57 percent) Barry 5-6 (83 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 26, Barry 35 • Turnovers: Rollins 9, Barry 14
GAME NOTES • Rollins now leads the all-time series with Barry 47-23 with the teams splitting the regular season. • Barry was ranked No. 17 D2SIDA Media Poll and No. 18 NABC Coaches Poll. • Rollins had less than 10 turnovers for the sixth time this season and third-straight game. • Barry’s six free throw attempts was an opponent low for the Tars this season. • Galvis tied his career-high with six steals. He leads the SSC in that category. • Tom Klusman is now 669-392 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins in on the road for its next game, a trip to Tampa on Saturday, February 18. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. at the Martinez Center. Fans can follow the action live on the Geico Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.