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Tars Comeback Bid Falls Short at No. 11 Barry

Jeff Merton
Jeff Merton

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (December 2, 2017) – Down by as many as 22 in the second half, Rollins cut the deficit to single digits late but ran out of time, falling to 11th-ranked Barry 103-91 on the road.

The loss stopped the Tars (5-2, 3-1 SSC) five-game winning streak and was a first Sunshine State Conference setback of the season. Conference preseason favorite Barry improves to 6-1, 3-0 SSC.

Jeff Meton was one off his career-high with 27 points to lead the Rollins offense. He scored 19 in the second half behind five buckets beyond the arc. The senior also grabbed five steals. Connor Mckim tallied 19 points and five assists. Sam Philpott netted 13 and Eric Castaneda 11.

Sawyer Glick poured in 34 points for the Bucs, shooting 12-of-19 from the field behind a 10-of-17 night beyond the arc. He tied the school record for three-pointers in a game set 11 months to the day also against the Tars. Elvar Fridriksson tallied 20 points and 10 assists while Sunday Dech added 15 points and six rebounds.

Rollins shot 56 percent (30-54) from the field and hit 9-of-18 from three-point range. The Tars were also 22-of-28 at the stripe. Barry was 59 percent (38-65) shooting and hit 22-of-43 three-pointers, which proved to be the difference.

The Tars scored the first six points of the game before Barry finally got on the board more than three minutes in. Rollins stayed in front until a triple by Glick put the Tars down 8-6. Back-to-back Merton jumpers put Rollins back on top 10-8 at the 14:27 mark. Glick then caught fire and put the Tars down 25-13 with 8:14 left in the half. Rollins got as close at eight late in the half before going down 47-32 at intermission.

Rollins deficit grew to 22 with 18 minutes left in the game. Never ones to go away quietly, the Tars trudged back behind Merton and Mckim and got to within 88-80 with 4:17 to play. The teams traded scores and the spread remained eight after a Mckim triple made the score 93-85 with 2:24 left. The Bucs then shut the door on the Tars down the stretch with a timely three-pointer and free throws.

Rollins will look to rebound with three games in the upcoming week, hosting Southeastern at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 4 and Warner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5. They jump back into SSC play welcoming Saint Leo at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.