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Tars Basketball Dismantles Div. I Green Bay, 75-58
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 11/21/2008
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Seniors Zachary Pancratz and Kevin Hogan led an energetic Rollins College men’s basketball team to a 76-58 upset over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with 15 points each, Friday afternoon. The game was played as part of the 2008 Glenn Wilkes Classic at the Daytona Beach Ocean.

Rollins had two other scorers reach double-digits as Craig Reichel and Jeremy Sharpe netted 13 points apiece.  Out of the 11 players for the Tars, 10 of them scored as they shot 60 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Green Bay struggled from the field as it was stifled by the Tars’ zone defense, shooting 33 percent from the field, 28 percent in the first half.  Junior guard Troy Cotton led the Phoenix with 20 points as he was the lone scorer to register double-digits.

It took over two minutes before the Tars got on the board on a Pancratz jumper, but they managed to build a 7-0 lead following a Sharpe three-point play with 15:45 remaining.  Guard Chop Tang ended Green Bay’s scoring drought with a mid-range jumper, but the Tars countered on a Brock Blanchard lay-in to continue the onslaught.

Leading 9-2, the teams traded 3-pointers before a Phoenix basket and a pair of free throws cut the Tars lead to three with 11:59 left in the first half.

The game remained close as Rollins held a four-point lead with under nine minutes remaining, but a pair of Julian Wilkison 3-pointers sandwiched a Green Bay layup to increase the Tar advantage to eight.

Rollins then dissected the Green Bay man-to-man defense going on a 12-0 run culminated by a Wilkison lay-up with 4:25 remaining in the half.  Trailing by 17 at 31-14, the Phoenix out-scored Rollins 8-5 in the final four minutes to cut the deficit to 14 at halftime.

After the intermission, Rollins came out of the break with a Reichel 3-pointer 12 seconds in to build the lead back up to 17.  The Tars held a steady lead over the next six minutes until a Sharpe 3-pointer preceded a Matthew Robertson three-point play to give Rollins its largest lead of the night (22) at 54-32 with 12:16 left in regulation.

The Phoenix wouldn’t go away, storming back on a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to nine after back-to-back 3-pointers from Brent Eaton and Tang.  Rollins leaned on Sharpe as a pair of his free throws increased the Tar lead back to double-digits.  After Evans found the charity stripe for Phoenix, he would make the first but miss the second and Rollins countered as Sharpe penetrated the lane to find Reichel open in the corner for a three-pointer to give Rollins a 14-point lead, 62-48 with 4:23 left. 

The Tars defense held up as Rollins relied on its free throw shooting the rest of the way to close out the victory.

Rollins defense forced 10 first half turnovers as the Tars badgered the guards for Green Bay throughout the game.  Junior Ryan Ferranti registered a team-best three steals, while Reichel owned the game-high, four blocks.  Rollins continued its pressure hauling in 26 defensive rebounds compared to Green Bay’s 17.

The Tars’ victory marks the first in the all-time series between the two schools and Rollins is now 4-0 against current Horizon League teams.

Rollins returns to action, Monday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. for another non-conference game against Puero-Rico-Bayamon.  For more information please log onto to www.rollinssports.com.

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