WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 18, 2017) – Rollins shot 71 percent in the second half and pulled away from Tampa 88-69 on the road Saturday to pick up its fourth-straight win.
Rollins (17-10, 11-6 SSC) stayed very much in the Sunshine State Conference title hunt with the victory. The Tars have one game to play and stand a half game back of Eckerd and one game behind Barry. EC has two games left and the Bucs just one that will count against its conference standing.
Sam Philpott led the way for the Tars with 18 points, all in the second half, on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Eric Castaneda was 4-of-6 from long range as part of a 14 point night. Tampa natives Joey Galvis and Jack Fleming both netted 13 for Rollins. Galvis handed out a career-high 10 assists to go along with two blocks and three steals.
Marcel Robinson led Tampa (16-10, 9-7 SSC) with 14 points. Anthony Gamble scored 12 off the bench while Pat Bacon and Duke Shelton each netted 11. Shelton also added a game-high 11 rebounds.
Rollins held a 36-31 edge at intermission and then shot 20-of-28 from the field in the second half, posting 52 points and running away with the win. STANDOUT PERFORMERS • Sam Philpott (RC) 18 pts, 7-10 FG • Eric Castaneda (RC) 14 pts, 4-6 3FG • Marcel Robinson (UT) 14 pts, 4 rbs. • Joey Galvis (RC) 13 pts, 10 asst, 3 steals • Jack Fleming (RC) 13 pts, 4-7 3FG • Anthony Gamble (RC) 12 pts.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF-BY-HALF ANALYSIS First Half l The two teams traded baskets to start with neither squad leading by more than four over the first 15 minutes. Fleming hit a three-pointer at the 4:24 mark to tie the score at 29, the sixth time the count was knotted. After a Castaneda three-pointer, Jakobi Bonner completed a three-point play to push the Tars ahead 35-29 with 2:15 left in the half. Rollins would later take a 36-31 lead into the break.
Second Half l After building a 40-37 lead, Rollins hit 9-of-10 from the field over the next seven minutes to run out to a 64-48 advantage with 9:10 left to play. The offensive onslaught continued for the Tars as the visitors lead ballooned to as many as 22 on a Castaneda triple at the 1:50 mark. Rollins was 20-of-28 from the field in the second half, including 7-of-11 three-pointers, and committed just four turnovers.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE • Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 31-54 (57 percent) Tampa 27-58 (47 percent) • 3-point Field Goal Shooting: Rollins 15-28 (54 percent) Tampa 9-33 (27 percent) • Free-throws: Rollins 11-15 (73 percent) Tampa 6-9 (67 percent) • Rebounding: Rollins 26, Tampa 31 • Turnovers: Rollins 9, Tampa 15 • The game saw six ties and 15 lead changes, all in the first half.
GAME NOTES • Rollins improves to 44-75 all-time against Tampa and split the season series. • Rollins remained in third place in the SSC standings, a half game out of second and one game out of first. • Rollins had less than 10 turnovers for the seventh time this season and fourth-straight game. • Sam Philpott has hit at least one field goal in each of the last 35 games. • Joey Galvis set a new career-high with 10 assists; tied a career-high with two blocks. • Tom Klusman is now 670-392 in 37 years as the Tars head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS Rollins will close the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 25 at home against Saint Leo. Tip off is slated for 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.
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