WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 23, 2019) – Florida Tech hit 18 three-pointers and Rollins couldn't keep pace from outside as the Tars fell 88-65 to the Panthers on Wednesday.
Hutton Yenor poured in 16 points off the bench to lead Rollins (9-9, 3-7 Sunshine State Conference). Connor Mckim filled the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jakobi Bonner added 11 points.
The Florida Tech (8-10, 2-8 SSC) starting five accounted for all the Panthers' scoring. Valur Valsson led the way with 21 points. The point guard shot 7-of-10 from long range while adding six rebounds and nine assists. Derek Murphy and Sesan Russell both scored 18 with Murphy also getting 10 rebounds. Antonis Pefanis scored 17 and Trey Schaneville netted 14.
Tech shot 47 percent (30-64) from the field and were 18-of-43 from long range. Rollins hit 42 percent from the floor, but were just 8-of-29 from distance. Tech also out rebounded the Tars 37-30.
Coming off an emotional win over Florida Southern on Saturday, Rollins offense was slow to get going, but the defense remained strong as the score was tied 11-11 after six minutes of play. The Panthers then started to heat up from outside and grabbed a 29-20 advantage with 7:22 to play in the half.
The Tars fought back and used an Eric Castaneda conventional three-point play to cut the Tech advantage to 36-33 with 3:06 on the clock. Rollins would later head into the break down 42-35.
Mckim scored the first five points of the second half to get Rollins to within 42-40 before Tech rolled off a 15-0 run and grabbed a 57-40 lead with 16:34 to play. Rollins trailed by 20 at the midway point of the half and were down by as many as 26 in the waning moments.
The Tars start the second half of the conference schedule on Saturday, January 26 with a trip to Boca Raton to face Lynn. The Fighting Knights are second in the league standings and beat the Tars 90-80 in their first meeting. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.