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PREVIEW: Rollins and Embry-Riddle Open SSC Slate

PREVIEW: Rollins and Embry-Riddle Open SSC Slate

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Rollins (5-0, 0-0 SSC) vs. Embry-Riddle (6-3, 0-0 SSC)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena

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Just two wins away from 700 for his career, Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is set to start his 39th run through the Sunshine State Conference Wednesday, hosting Embry-Riddle in Warden Arena. The upstart Tars are 5-0 through the first month of the season, winning by an average of 16 points a game. Rollins date with the Eagles is the fourth of a six-game homestand before the annual trip to Las Vegas in December. The Tars come into the game on an eight-day break having last played the day before Thanksgiving, an 81-52 win over Puerto Rico Mayaguez. Embry-Riddle has already played nine games, taking part in three tipoff tournaments early November. The Eagles beat PR Mayaguez to open their own Thanksgiving Tournament before falling to Davenport 92-62 in the championship game. Rollins was picked seventh the SSC preseason poll while ERAU was right behind in a tie for eighth. The game features two of the winningest coaches in college basketball in the Tars Tom Klusman (698 wins) and Embry-Riddle's Steve Ridder (689 wins).  

Tracking the Tars:
With four new starters due to graduation and injury, Rollins has come of age early in five-straight wins to start the year. After convincing wins over two South Region opponents on a neutral court, Rollins came home to take care of two top NAIA opponents and most recently the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, 81-52. Jakobi Bonner led the way with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals while Connor Mckim added 14 points and Parker Davis 10. Rollins has outrebounded its opponents in every game this season and carried a plus-10.8 advantage on the glass. Bonner leads the season box score with 19 points (4th in SSC) and 7.8 rebounds (6th in SSC) a game. The junior is shooting 60 percent from the field and has 12 steals. Mckim puts up 15.6 points a game while handing out nearly four assists a night. Hutton Yenor adds 11 points a game and Daniel Loh contributes 10.6 points a night. Rollins offense is third in the SSC at 82.6 points a game while allowing an SSC fifth-best 66.6 points a night. Rollins is the second-best shooting team in the league, hitting 48 percent from the field.

Tracking the Eagles:
Embry-Riddle opened the year with trips to California for three games, Tennessee for two and one at Flagler before hosting its last three. Over the Thanksgiving holiday they beat Mayaguez 87-59 before taking a 92-62 loss to Davenport in the final of the Daytona Mitsubishi/Kia Shoutout. Alston Jones led the way with 18 points while CJ Henagan netted 12 off the bench. ERAU surrendered 57 percent shooting from the field in the game. Nashad Mackey leads the way 20 points and 12.2 rebounds a game. Jones is getting 15.2 points a night and Luka Majstorovic scores 11.1 and grabs 6.3 rebounds a game. ERAU scores 80.4 a game while surrendering 74.4 to opponents. They are outrebounding teams by 9.3 a game, but turning it over by three more a game.


  • Rollins leads the all-time series against Embry-Riddle 9-4. The teams have split each of the last two seasons, most recently a 98-89 ERAU victory in Daytona Beach.  
  • Rollins is 27-15 all-time in Sunshine State Conference openers – the Tars have won their last seven SSC home openers.
  • Rollins is one of 30 remaining unbeaten teams in Division II; four are from the Sunshine State Conference.
  • Rollins is seventh in the nation in rebounding margin (+10.8); Barry leads at +15.5.
  • Rollins ranks fourth in the country in steals with 12.6 a game.
  • Connor Mckim is 25th in the nation with 15 steals.
  • Jakobi Bonner is 17th in the nation with 46 free throw attempts.
  • Embry-Riddle leads Division II in total rebounds (384)
  • Embry-Riddle tops the nation in free throws attempted (233) and made (174).
  • Nashad Mackey's five double-doubles leads the nation.
  • Alston Jones has shot the nation's fifth-most field goals with 120 attempts.  
  • Head coach Tom Klusman is the 10th-winningest coach in Division II history now in his 39th year leading his alma mater. His career record of 698-407 is the second most wins in SSC history ranks 43rd among all divisions, all-time, Klusman ranks 43rd in wins.

Next up:
Rollins is stays home for the second game of the Sunshine State Conference schedule, hosting Lynn at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 1. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.



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