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PREVIEW: Rollins Welcomes Lynn Saturday

PREVIEW: Rollins Welcomes Lynn Saturday

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)

Match-up:
Rollins (5-1, 0-1 SSC) vs. Lynn (5-0, 1-0 SSC)

When:
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Where:
Winter Park, Fla. | Warden Arena

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LISTEN: WPRK 91.5 FM – TuneIn (mobile)
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com

Set-up:
Head coach Tom Klusman's quest for 700 wins continues Saturday when the Tars host undefeated Lynn in Sunshine State Conference action. The Rollins leader needs just two more victories to become the 43rd coach in NCAA history to reach 700 victories. The Tars were turned back by a scrappy Embry-Riddle team on Wednesday, the first blemish on Rollins' record this season. Saddled with injuries at the beginning of the year, the Tars are nearly back to full strength with the return of senior Eric Castaneda to the line-up. Lynn started their year with an exhibition win over Florida Atlantic and hung with Maryland before starting the regular season. They have won both high and low scoring games during the stretch and rank in the top-50 nationally in defense. The Fighting Knights were picked to finish fourth in the SSC preseason poll, but did pick up one first place vote. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com

Tracking the Tars:
After five-straight wins to start the year, the Tars ran into tough Embry-Riddle team on Wednesday and fell 81-69. Parker Davis poured in a career high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Tars. Daniel Loh added 11 points with Sheldon Odunna and Connor Mckim both scoring nine. The Rollins shot 42 percent in the game while ERAU knocked down 52 percent from the field. The Tars are fifth in the conference in both offense (80.3 ppg) and defense (69.0 ppg.) while sitting fourth in rebounding margin (+8.3). Jakobi Bonner leads the Tars season boxscore with 16.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The slashing guard is shooting 61 percent from the field on the year. Mckim is putting up 14.5 points and 3.1 assists a game. Loh (10.7 ppg) and Hutton Yenor (10.3) are also top offensive threats for the Tars.

Tracking the Fighting Knights:  
Lynn allows an SSC second-best 66.8 points a game while ranking eighth in the league in offense with 75.8 points a game. The Fighting Knights beat Palm Beach Atlantic in their season opener, 86-70. Brandon Bornelus poured in 21 pints while Michael Baez added 18 to lead the way. The two teams combined to shoot 67 free throws with LU going 22-28. Bornelus is scoring 17 points a game to lead Lynn on the year. Jamal Palmer adds 14 points a game while Baez puts up 13.8 points and 5.4 rebounds a night.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Lynn 30-15, winning the last six.
  • Rollins is 18-7 all-time against Lynn in Winter Park.
  • Rollins is fifth in the nation in steals with 12 a game.
  • Rollins is seventh in the nation in total steals with 72 on the year.
  • Rollins ranks 15th nationally with 19.3 forced turnovers a game.
  • Jakobi Bonner is 18th in the country with 50 free throw attempts.
  • Connor Mckim's 16 total steals is 34th in the nation.  
  • Lynn is one of just 28 unbeaten teams left in Division II; Nova Southeastern of the SSC is also on that list.  
  • Lynn's Darius Moore is eight in the nation in 3-point percentage (58 percent).
  • Lynn's Darius James ranks 64th nationally with nine blocks.
  • 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 698-408 is the second most wins in SSC history ranks 43rd among all divisions all-time.  

Next up:
Rollins is off for six days before traveling to Palm Beach Atlantic for a third SSC game of the season on Friday, December 7. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Rubin Arena. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.