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Tars Can’t Cool Hot-Shooting Clark Atlanta

Eric Castaneda
Eric Castaneda

WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 10, 2017) – Rollins built a 17-point halftime lead, but it wasn't enough against hot-shooting Clark Atlanta as the 13th-ranked Tars fell to CAU 106-103 in both team's season openers Friday.

Sam Philpott and Eric Castaneda led the way for the Tars (0-1) with 24 points each. Philpott added five rebounds and four assists while Castaneda hauled in six rebounds with four assists.

With a free throw at the 5:02 mark of the second half, Philpott became the 40th player in Rollins history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

Jeff Merton scored 20 points and Connor Mckim filled the boxscore with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.  

Jamal Pollydore led Clark Atlanta (1-0) and all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including eight from beyond the arc. Anthony Williams drained six from distance en route to 24 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

Rollins shot 64 percent (22-34) in the first half and ended the night 57 percent (31-55) from the field. Beyond the arc, the Tars hit 11-of-19 in the first and 6-of-13 in the second. CAU was 51 percent from the field after hitting 11-of-19 from three-point range in the second.

Both teams took care of the ball with the Tars committing just eight turnovers to CAU's six. Rollins was beat on the glass 39-28.

Casteneda sparked a 12-0 Tars run midway through the first that was punctuated by five-straight from Daniel Loh, giving Rollins a 37-24 lead. CAU cut the advantage to single digits twice before Deion Clark got Rollins ahead by as many as 19 late in the frame. The Tars went on to take a 64-47 lead at intermission.

After a Merton three at the beginning of the second, the Panthers hit eight of their next nine shots, including five 3-pointers, to cut the Tars lead to 75-72 with 14:16 to play. The barrage continued and a 13-3 CAU run put the Tars down 90-83 with 8:31 left.

Rollins came back to tie the score at 93 with less than six minutes to play. However, the Panthers again went on a run and took a 102-95 lead at the 4:15 mark. The Tars then came charging back and closed to 104-102 with 17 seconds to play. After a foul, Castaneda got 1-of-2 at the line and that would be as close as Rollins would get the rest of the way.

The Tars will close play at the South Region Crossover on Saturday, November 11 at 2 p.m. against Morehouse. The Maroon Tigers were an 82-87 winner over Florida Tech on Friday. Fans can catch the action live on the new Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest #TARnation news by following Rollins Sports on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.