WINTER PARK, Fla.
(February 18, 2012) - Rollins led by six at the half, but was doubled-up in
the second, falling to Florida Tech 71-56 Saturday in a big Sunshine State
Myk Brown led Rollins (15-9, 8-6 SSC) with 17 points while
Chris Malcolm added 12 points and five blocks. With his second swat early in
the first half, the senior became Rollins' all-time blocks leader and now
totals 109, five ahead of second place Craig Reichel. Malcolm achieved the feat
in just three years, playing his first season at Winthrop.
Simon Cummings filled the box score for Florida Tech (19-5,
11-4 SSC), posting 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Julius Reid added 16
points and eight rebounds with Derek Helleman netting 13.
The Panthers took over first place in the SSC standings
after Barry beat Eckerd by two early in the day.
Rollins shot just 22 percent (5-22) in the second half and
37 percent (19-51) for the game while Tech hit 41 percent (21-51) from the
field. The Tars were outrebounded 36-29 and committed 11 turnovers to seven
from the Panthers.
The Tars took command early and used a hot Scott Schuette to
lead 22-9 after the first 11 minutes. Tech slowly started to chip away and
pulled to within 32-27 with 98 seconds to play in the half, before a Dave
Diakite 3-pointer was followed with a Helleman jumper on the other end at the one-minute
Malcolm had a huge block in the final five seconds, but the
Tars last shot at the buzzer went begging and they took a 35-29 lead into the
The Panthers scored the first eight points of the second
half and took their first lead, 37-35 with 18:46 to play. Rollins answered and
was able to rebuild its lead to 50-45 at the 9:02 mark.
Rollins would then only score six more points the rest of
the way while Tech tacked on 26 and spoiled the Tars home finale.
Prior to the game, Rollins honored seniors Myk Brown, Chris
Malcolm, Ian Scott and Jeremy Sharpe for their dedication to Tars basketball.
Rollins will look gather momentum and seeding for the SSC
Tournament with a pair of road games to close the regular season. They first
travel to Barry on Wednesday, Feb. 22 for a 7:30 p.m. match-up, then will face
Nova Southeastern on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. Fans can catch all the action
live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.