WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 11, 2017) – Rollins was down by double digits late and closed to within a possession in the final seconds, but couldn't get past Morehouse, falling 85-82 on Saturday.
The loss was a second close one for the 13th-ranked Tars (0-2) to start the season after a 106-103 defeat to Clark Atlanta on Friday night.
Connor Mckim led the way for the Tars with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals. The sophomore point guard hit 6-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-7 from long range. Sam Philpott added 23 points while Jack Fleming chipped in 13. Eric Castaneda went 10-of-12 at the free throw line and added 12 points.
Morehouse (2-0) spread out its scoring with 10 different Maroon Tigers getting points. Tyrius Walker led the way with 18 points and five rebounds. Jordan Wallace added 15 points and Martravious Little recorded 12 points and seven rebounds.
Without the services of senior Jeff Merton, the banged-up Tars played uphill to start, but were able to close to 18-17 midway through the first. After falling back behind by seven, Mckim got Rollins back on track and gave the home team a 33-32 lead with 3:53 left in the first. Morehouse then closed the half on a quick run and put the Tars down 41-39 at intermission.
The Maroon Tigers started the second hot and Rollins quickly trailed 51-42. Again, the Tars climbed back and made it a one point game at 57-56 after a Daniel Loh put back dunk with 11 minutes to play.
Rollins then went cold from the field and allowed Morehouse to grab an 83-73 lead with 45 seconds left. Three straight Mckim free throws was followed by a Morehouse pair and buckets from Deion Clark and Philpott. The Tars got a stop with 23 seconds left and Philpott tipped in a miss with four seconds to play to make it a three-point game. The Maroon Tigers then ran out the clock to hand Rollins its second-straight loss.
The result gave the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference a clean sweep over the Sunshine State Conference in the South Region Crossover with Clark Atlanta and Morehouse both going 2-0 over Florida Tech and Rollins on the weekend.
Rollins gets into Sunshine State Conference play on Wednesday, November 15 hosting Florida Tech at 7:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the new Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.