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PREVIEW: Rollins Set for Visit to Eckerd

PREVIEW: Rollins Set for Visit to Eckerd

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Match-up:
Rollins (8-7, 2-5 SSC) at Eckerd (11-3, 4-2 SSC)

When:
Saturday, January 12, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Where:
St. Petersburg, Fla. | McArthur Center

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

Set-up: Rollins looks to get back on track Saturday, traveling to St. Petersburg and meeting Eckerd at the McArthur Center. The Tars are looking for a first win of 2019, having dropped three straight since the calendar flipped. Two losses came against Sunshine State Conference front runners Nova Southeastern and Barry. Rollins dropped a close one at Tampa on Wednesday, the Tars first true road loss of the season. Eckerd has won four of its last five with the loss coming against then 15th-ranked Lynn. The Tritons scored the season's first big upset on Wednesday, beating previously undefeated, fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern on the road. EC is 5-2 at the McArthur Center this season.  

Tracking the Tars: Reeling after three-straight losses, Rollins is looking for a big bounce-back game against Eckerd. On Wednesday at Tampa, the Tars fell behind early and couldn't recover, dropping a 75-62 decision to the Spartans.  Connor Mckim had the hot hand for the Tars, pumping in 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. The junior also handed out five assists. Hutton Yenor scored 13 off the bench while Jakobi Bonner (11 points) and Eric Castaneda (10 points) also scored double-digits. Daniel Loh hauled in 10 rebounds. Bonner leads the season box score with 15.3 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. The junior is shooting 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range. Mckim averages 13.3 points and 2.8 assists a game while shooting 87 percent at the free throw line. Yenor averages 11.2 points per game while Loh and Castaneda both score 7.9 a night. Rollins is scoring 75.9 points a game and allowing 73.7 a night. The Tars are third-best in the league at forcing turnovers, causing 18.8 miscues a game.

Tracking the Tritons: Two of Eckerd's three losses have come against nationally ranked opponents with EC coming off a 78-75 overtime upset of fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern on Wednesday. Both the Tritons and Sharks had their worst shooting nights of the season. Drushaun McLaurn led Eckerd with 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting while Admir Radoncic netted 12 points with eight rebounds. Myron Hagins chipped in 11 points. McLaurn is third in the SSC and leads Eckerd with 19.5 points a game. The senior is shooting 50 percent from the field and also grabs 8.2 rebounds a night. Hagins averages 12.2 points a game and Marquis Gilbert is scoring 9.4 points a night. Eckerd leads the SSC in defense, allowing just 68.7 points a game, while sitting sixth in offense with 77.1 points a night. EC is also the league's top rebounding squad, beating opponents on the glass by 7.1 a game.  

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Eckerd 63-51. The Tritons have won seven of the last 10 meetings.  
  • Eckerd swept the Tars last season, winning 95-81 in St. Pete and 85-80 in Winter Park.  
  • Rollins is 25-22 all-time at the McArthur Center.
  • Rollins ranks seventh in the nation in steals per game with 10.6 a night.
  • Rollins is fifth nationally with 159 total steals.
  • The Tars are 11th in the nation in turnovers forced (18.8) per game.
  • Connor Mckim (RC) is 31st in the nation in total steals with 31.
  • Eckerd is 52nd nationally in scoring defense, allowing 68.7 points a game.
  • Eckerd is 24th in the nation in rebounding margin (+7.1).
  • Eckerd is eighth in Division II in offensive rebounds per game, grabbing 15.2 a night.
  • Drushaun McLarun (EC) is 63rd in the nation in scoring (19.5 ppg).
  • Marco Behori (EC) is 23rd in the nation in steals per game with 2.4  
  • Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is 701-414 in his 38th year leading the program. He has the fourth most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches;

Next up:

Rollins is idle on Wednesday and will be back in action on Saturday, January 19 hosting rival Florida Southern. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m. in Warden Arena. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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