ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (January 12, 2019) – Rollins led for 31 minutes, but was outscored 14-5 down the stretch and lost to Eckerd 66-62 on the road Saturday.
Connor Mckim and Jakobi Bonner both scored 13 to lead the Tars, who drop to 8-8 overall and 2-6 in Sunshine State Conference play with a fourth-straight defeat. Eric Castaneda tallied 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers. Parker Davis scored nine off the bench and Trever Recio led with five rebounds.
Eckerd (12-3, 5-2 SSC) was topped by Marco Behori with 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Gianni Dailey scored 15 off the bench while Drushaun McLaurn recorded 10 points, six rebounds and four steals.
With both teams coming off emotional road games on Wednesday, it was a slow start for scoring with a Mckim three-pointer giving Rollins a 10-8 lead after six minutes of action.
The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes with a Davis jumper knotting the score at 19 with 9:20 left in the first. The score sparked the Tars offense as they went on to grab a 29-22 lead by the 5:38 mark.
Rollins led by as many as eight, 33-25, with 3:17 left in the half before heading to the locker room ahead 38-34.
The Tars started the second half on a tear and pushed the advantage to 49-38 with 14:38 to play. Rollins then went scoreless the next five minutes and allowed Eckerd to climb back into the game as EC pulled to within 49-45.
Rollins lead was 57-52 after an Eric Castaneda layup with 5:52 to play. The Tars would then go without points for the next four minutes while EC drilled back-to-back-to-back three pointers and put the Tars down 61-57 with 1:47 left.
Bonner hit a driving layup with 89 seconds to play to make it a one score game before Behori drained another one from deep to put the Tars down 64-59 with just over a minute to play. Castaneda answered with a three-pointer of his own to make it 64-62 and Rollins got a big defensive stop with 15 seconds left.
As the Tars triggered its offense with five seconds left, Behori poked the ball away from Bonner and EC recovered the loose ball. Dailey then hit two at the line to hand Rollins a fourth-straight heartbreaking loss.
The Tars shot 47 percent from the field and were 4-of-8 at the free throw line. Eckerd hit 42 percent from the floor and 13-of-18 at the line while beating Rollins on the glass 34-24.
Rollins will look to snap its skid on Saturday, January 19 hosting SSC preseason favorite Florida Southern in Warden Arena. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.