WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 19, 2019) – In front of a rowdy, near capacity crowd, Rollins put on a show and beat rival Florida Southern 83-69 on Saturday afternoon.
Five players scored in double figures for Rollins, led by Connor Mckim's 17 points. The junior point guard also handed out six assists and didn't have a turnover. Jakobi Bonner and Hutton Yenor both scored 15 while Daniel Loh and Eric Castaneda both scored 11.
Ben Marello netted 20 to pace FSC. Brett Hanson recorded 17 points and four assists. Slinky Jones added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Tars improve to 9-8 overall and 3-6 in Sunshine State Conference play while the 22nd-ranked Mocs drop to 13-4, 6-3 SSC.
Both teams shot 45 percent from the field with Rollins hitting 10-of-25 from long range and 21-24 at the stripe. The Tars also won the battle on the glass, outrebounding FSC 37-34.
After a Jones three-pointer on the Mocs first possession put the visitors up 3-2, Rollins rattled off 12-0 run and led 15-3 after the first five minutes. The Tars extended their lead to 14 before FSC came back and pulled to within 26-23 with 7:44 left in the half.
Rollins closed the half strong and grabbed a 39-33 lead at the break.
FSC came out of the locker room hot and put the Tars down 47-46 early in the second. Mckim then led the charge back and pushed the Tars lead to 10 after a long three-pointer, putting Rollins on top 71-61 with 4:33 left. Southern closed to six a minute later, but Mckim scored eighth of the Tars last 12 points while only allowing FSC one more field goal the rest of the way.
Rollins will be back in action Wednesday, January 23 hosting Florida Tech in Winter Park. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.