SAINT LEO, Fla. (December 29, 2018) – Rollins showed little rust from its 10-day holiday break and beat Saint Leo 80-67 on the road Saturday.
The Tars improve to 2-2 in Sunshine State Conference play and 8-4 overall, rebounding from consecutive losses prior to the holidays. Saint Leo drops to 4-8 overall, 1-3 SSC.
Hutton Yenor led the Tars with 17 points off the bench. The redshirt freshman was 5-of-6 from the field, hitting a trio of three-pointers and all four free throw attempts. Jakobi Bonner added 16 points and Connor Mckim tallied 14 points and four rebounds. Trevor Recio contributed 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Isiah Hill led Saint Leo with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Junior Searcy scored 13.
Rollins was hot from the field to start as back-to-back three-pointers from Recio and Mckim put the Tars up 14-8 after the first six minutes. The Tars then used a 12-0 run in the middle of the half to post a 29-13 lead, capped with a Bonner conventional three-point play at the 7:32 mark.
Scores by Mckim and Recio in the waning minutes of the half gave Rollins a comfortable 39-20 advantage heading into intermission.
Yenor drained consecutive three-pointers six minutes into the second and gave Rollins its largest lead of the day at 56-29. The Lions responded with a 7-0 run to cut into the Tars advantage before a Mckim triple cooled the spurt.
Saint Leo got as close as 10 with 2:39 to play, but the Tars allowed only three buckets the rest of the way and held on with timely free throw shooting.
The Tars shot 57 percent in the game and hit 10-of-16 from long range. Leo hit 50 percent from the field and were just 9-of-29 from deep. Rollins outrebounded its host 27-23 and forced 19 Saint Leo turnovers.
Rollins is back in action Wednesday, January 2 welcoming sixth-ranked Nova Southeastern to Warden Arena. The Sharks have the nation's top scoring offense and are perfect on the season at 10-0. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans can catch the action on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.