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Rollins Gets Past Lynn; Stays Unbeaten in SSC

Deion Clark
Deion Clark

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 18, 2017) – Sam Philpott scored 24 points and led Rollins to an 82-76 win at Lynn Saturday, keeping the Tars unbeaten in Sunshine State Conference play.

The Tars move to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in league play while the Fighting Knights drop to 0-2.

Philpott was right on his season average, ranking third in the SSC at 24.3 points a game. The senior shot 8-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line while also handing out four assists. Deion Clark added 16 points on an efficient 6-of-8 from the field and Eric Castaneda went 4-of-5 from long range to add 15 points and six rebounds for the Tars.

Jeff Merton returned from injury to post 10 points and point guard Connor Mckim chipped in seven points and 10 assists.

Ryan Peterson scored 22 off the bench to lead Lynn while Jamal Palmer scored 17.

The Tars were outrebounded 41-27, but shot 56 percent and held Lynn to 43 percent from the field.

The Fighting Knights led 7-6 after the opening five minutes before a Castaneda steal and Clark breakaway hoop and the harm swung momentum Rollins way. Jack Fleming hit from deep midway through the half to put the Tars ahead 16-12 only to have Lynn come back and make it a one-point game four times over the next five minutes.

Parker Davis sparked an 8-0 Tars run with a jumper that eventually put Rollins ahead 32-21 at the 2:22 mark.

Rollins took a 35-26 lead into halftime.

Another Clark three-point play gave Rollins a 40-28 lead two minutes into the second. Castaneda pushed the Tars advantage to a game-high 15 with a three-pointer at the 11:28 mark, making the score 53-38.

Lynn chipped away and closed to 70-65 with 3:16 left in the game. Castaneda then again hit from deep with 1:44 remaining to make it an eight-point game and the Tars sealed the win at the free throw line.

Rollins hosts a pair of games before a Thanksgiving break, starting with Puerto Rico Bayamon on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. The Tars then welcome Florida Memorial for a 2 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, November 22. Fans can catch the action live on the SSC Digital Network at and the Tars Sports Network at


  • Tom Klusman is 679-395 in 38 years as the Tars head coach; he is one of just 16 NCAA Division II coaches with 600 or more wins.
  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Lynn 32-18, including a 13-8 mark in Boca Raton.
  • Phillpot moved into 35th place on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1,077 points. He is three behind Deon Troupe.
  • Merton is now tied with Scott Martin for 21st on the Tars scoring list at 1,331 career points.
  • Mckim's 10 assists is the second double-digit assist game of his career, one off his career high of 11 set against Lynn in the opening round of the 2017 SSC Tournament. He is now second in the SSC with 6.5 dimes a game.