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PREVIEW: Tars Host Tarzans in Wednesday Matinee

PREVIEW: Tars Host Tarzans in Wednesday Matinee

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (4-0) vs. Puerto Rico Mayaguez (0-2)

When:
Wednesday, November 21 | 2 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com
LISTEN: RollinsSportsLive.com | 91.5 FM WPRK – TuneIn App (mobile)
LIVE STATS: TarsStats.com 

Set-up:
Winners of its first four to start the season, Rollins welcomes the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez to Warden Arena for a pre-Thanksgiving matinee. The Tars have rolled through their first set of opponents, winning games by an average of 13 points a game. The biggest change from year's past is on the glass with Rollins out rebounding teams by more than 10 a night. The Tarzans are in the middle of their Florida swing, having met Eckerd and Florida Tech thus far. They played at FIT on Tuesday night, falling 80-67. Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is within striking distance of his next career milestone, currently sitting with 697 wins.

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins beat NAIA 11th-ranked Southeastern 90-70 on Monday to start the week. Connor Mckim poured in a season-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with four steals and no turnovers. Jakobi Bonner added 14 points and six rebounds while Hutton Yenor netted 11 off the bench.  Bonner tops the season box score with 19.8 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. He is shooting 62 percent from the field and totals eight steals. McKim nets 16 a night while Daniel Loh and Yenor are each scoring 11 a game. The Tars are scoring 83 points a game and allowing just 70, the third-best scoring differential (+12.8) in the Sunshine State Conference.

Tracking the Tarzans:
The Tarzans are playing their third of five games on the week as they head to Daytona Beach after the match-up with Rollins to play in the Embry-Riddle Thanksgiving Tournament. UPR-M lost to Eckerd 85-56 on Sunday night and fell 80-66 at Florida Tech on Tuesday. Twelve players saw action against FIT, led by Ricardo Erans 16 points, five rebounds and six assists. Josean Reyes added 14 points and six rebounds. The Tarzans shot 38 percent in the game and 7-of-21 from deep. They trailed 44-25 at the half, but battled back to outscore the Panthers in the second. On the year, Erans is averaging 14 points and 4.5 rebounds to lead the way. Reyes is getting 11 points a game while Jay Quintana scores seven points a night.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Puerto Rico Mayaguez 12-0. They last met on November 18, 2016 with the Tars winning 104-79. Jakobi Bonner scored 16 points to lead the way.
  • The Tars are 24-2 all-time against teams from Puerto Rico with losses against Rio Piedras and Bayamon.
  • Head coach Tom Klusman is the 10th-winningest coach in Division II history and begins his 39th year leading his alma mater, looking to continue an era of success nearly unmatched in collegiate basketball. He comes into the season with a career record of 697-407 and is the fifth-winningest active coach in Division II. He is tied with Tampa's Richard Schmidt for the most in Sunshine State Conference history. Among all divisions, all-time, Klusman ranks 43rd in wins.
  • Rollins is ranked sixth nationally with 11 steals a game. SSC foe Nova Southeastern leads the way with better than 15 a game.
  • Connor Mckim is ranked fifth in the country with 3.5 steals a game.
  • Jakobi Bonner is ranked sixth in Division II with 39 free throw attempts on the season.
  • Jakob Bonner's two double-doubles ranks 14th in the country.

Next up:
Rollins is right back in action returns to action after the Thanksgiving holiday to host Embry-Riddle on Wednesday, November 28 in the Sunshine State Conference opener. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Warden Arena. They turn right around and welcome Lynn to Winter Park on Saturday December 1 at 4 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.