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Tars Upset No. 19 Bucs to Grab Share of SSC Lead

Connor Mckim
Connor Mckim

WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 20, 2017) – Rollins created a three-way logjam atop the Sunshine State Conference standings, upsetting 19th-ranked Barry 94-82 at home Saturday. 

The Tars (12-7, 8-2 SSC) have won four in a row and are tied with Barry (12-4, 8-2 SSC) and Eckerd for the top spot in the SSC. 

Rollins had five players score in double figures, led by Sam Philpott's 23. The senior was 9-of-11 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and hit 3-of-4 at the line. Connor Mckim added 17 points while Jeff Merton scored 16. Jack Fleming tallied 12 points and a career-high seven assists with Eric Castaneda posting 10 points and nine rebounds. 

Sawyer Glick, who scored 34 against the Tars earlier in the year, netted 31 Saturday to lead the Bucs. Sunday Dech, Kooper Glick and Johannes Dolven each recorded 11 points and six rebounds. Barry again played without reigning SSC Player of the Year Elvar Fridriksson, sitting with an injury.   

The Tars shot 56 percent (31-55) from the field and 21-of-29 at the stripe. Barry was 31-75 (41 percent), including 10-of-44 from three-point range. The Bucs won 40-35 on the glass with both teams committing 11 turnovers.

Rollins led by as many as 17 in the game and never trailed. 

Mckim drained back-to-back three-pointers to open scoring for the Tars and a Philpott triple at the 14:55 mark put the Tars ahead 17-7. Barry closed to with one midway through the half before another Tars hot streak put the hosts ahead 41-24 with 3:46 left in the half. 

Rollins took a 46-32 lead into intermission. 

The Tars maintained a double-digit lead until Glick scored three at the line to close the Bucs to within 73-64 with 5:18 to play. Fleming hit from deep to answer on the Tars next possession and Barry would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way. 

Rollins will take its winning streak to Melbourne on Wednesday, January 24 to visit Florida Tech at 7:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network and the SSC Digital Network at RollinsSports.com.