Winners of three straight and riding the momentum of a thriller over Tampa that’s making rounds on social media, Rollins next travels to Lakeland to battle arch rival Florida Southern on Saturday night. After upsetting Nova Southeastern a week ago, the Tars needed last-second heroics from senior Jeff Merton to get past Tampa by two on Wednesday. The win put Rollins into a tie with Eckerd for second place in the league standings. The Mocs have dropped their last two and are ninth at the midpoint of the SSC schedule. FSC is tough at home, going 7-2 in the Jenkins Field House while the Tars are 1-3 in true road games this season.
For the second-straight game and third time in two weeks, Rollins will face the Sunshine State Conference’s first place team, this time visiting Florida Southern on Saturday night. The Tars have won two straight, both big home wins over Nova Southeastern and Tampa. The defense shined in each game, holding the normally potent offenses in check. FSC was picked fifth in the SSC preseason poll, but sits atop the league at the midpoint of the conference slate. The Mocs are on a four-game winning streak after a road win at second-place Barry on Wednesday. The Tars are just 1-3 on the road this season while Southern is 5-1 in Lakeland on the year. The countdown to win No. 700 for Tars head coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. is winding down as the 32-year veteran stands at 695-240.
Down one with time winding down, Jakobi Bonner found Jeff Merton at the top of the key and the senior drilled the game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Rollins a 71-69 victory over Tampa on Wednesday night.
After getting back on track with its win over Nova Southeastern Saturday, Rollins next hosts Tampa in another big, mid-season Sunshine State Conference match-up. The Tars held the Sharks potent offense in check to break a four-game skid while also staying in the top half of the SSC standings. UT has the longest current winning streak in the league at three games and has scored more than 90 points each of those contests. The match-up features the two longest tenured and winningest coaches in the Sunshine State Conference. Tars leader Tom Klusman (38th season) is 686-400 in his career while Tampa head coach Richard Schmidt (37th season) is 692-371. They rank ninth and 10th as the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history.
Coming off its first signature win of the new calendar year, Rollins next hosts Sunshine State Conference leader Tampa on Wednesday in Winter Park. The Tars were firing on all cylinders Saturday and cooled off a hot Nova Southeastern squad to snaps its three-game losing streak. The victory got Rollins to .500 in the SSC and into a very packed middle of the conference standings. Tampa has won four in a row and climbed into a three-way tie with Barry and Florida Southern for the conference lead. The Spartans lead the SSC in defense and rank 16th in the nation allowing 55.3 points a game. Rollins is 7-2 at home this season while UT is 2-1 in true road games this season.
Looking to snap its current four-game skid, Rollins hosts upstart Nova Southeastern on Saturday in Warden Arena. The Tars dropped a pair in Las Vegas prior to the holiday break and have since lost to Eckerd and Palm Beach Atlantic on the road. Rollins sits in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Sunshine State Conference standings. NSU was picked last in the SSC preseason poll and finds itself near the top of the standings heading the final two months of the season. The Sharks are the highest scoring team in the SSC, but rank last in points allowed. NSU is playing just its second road game of the year, having hosted its last 10 in a row.
Hosting for the first time in the new year, Rollins welcomes Nova Southeastern to Winter Park on Saturday looking to snap its three-game skid. The Tars fell to nationally-ranked Eckerd a week ago and dropped a road game to Palm Beach Atlantic Wednesday night. The Tars led at the half, but went ice cold from the field in the second and took the loss. NSU is streaking the other way, having won four in a row after a three-game losing streak of its own in December. The Sharks are coming off a big upset of No. 22 Eckerd on Wednesday night and jumped into second in the SSC standings. Rollins is 6-2 in Warden Arena this season while the Sharks are away from home for just the third time, splitting both games.
Looking to halt a three-game skid, Rollins visits Palm Beach Atlantic in a key Sunshine State Conference match-up on Wednesday. Two losses to Lone Star Conference members Midwestern State and West Texas A&M was followed by a defeat at the hands of Eckerd on Saturday. The Tars are third in the Sunshine State Conference standings, just a 1.5 games behind leader Barry and one back of Eckerd. The Sailfish are 3-3 in the SSC and one game above .500 overall. They have one the last two in a row, including a convincing road win at Florida Tech on Saturday. Both the Tars and ‘Fish are looking for momentum-building wins to start the final two months of the season.
Rollins makes the trip to Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday looking to get back to its winning ways as the calendar flips to 2018. The Tars have dropped their last two and four of the last five, including three-straight Sunshine State Conference losses. Rollins is on the road for just the fourth time this season and is 1-2 away from Winter Park. PBA officially joined the SSC over the summer and is searching for a first conference win of the year. The ‘Fish will be at home for just the third time this season and, along with Rollins are looking for a boost heading into the bulk of the Sunshine State Conference schedule over the next two months.
Rollins battled back to force overtime and led with eight seconds left in the extra period, but No. 24 Eckerd found the go-ahead bucket in the final seconds to hand the Tars a tough 75-74 loss in overtime Saturday.
After more than a week off for the holidays, Rollins will travel to Florida’s west coast for a clash with 24th-ranked Eckerd on Saturday. The game marks the second-straight against a ranked team for the Tars having played eighth-ranked West Texas A&M in the Rollins Las Vegas Classic finale earlier in December. The Tars are tied with the Tritons at 4-1 in the conference, a half game behind leader Barry. Eckerd has won eight-straight after its loss to Barry, the only blemish on the Tritons record. The game will serve as a big momentum boost for the winner heading into the final eight-week grind of the Sunshine State Conference schedule.
Rollins comes back from a 12-day holiday break to face 24th-ranked Eckerd on the road Saturday in Sunshine State Conference play. The Tars are looking to close a tough December on a high note, dropping three of four games at the beginning of the month. Rollins is in a group of three schools tied for fourth in the SSC standings, a game back of the leaders. The Tars were 7-4 at the same point last season and ended the year third in the SSC before posting an incredible run to the NCAA Sweet 16. Eckerd is the team everyone is chasing at 4-1 in league play and recently ranked No. 24 in the D2SIDA national media ranking. The Tritons lost their SSC opener to Tampa and have since rolled off four convincing wins in conference. Eckerd will be hosting its 10th home game of the year while the Tars are playing just a second true road game this season.