Rollins (9-9, 4-7 SSC) vs. No. 17/14 Lynn (15-2, 8-2 SSC)
Saturday, January 26, 2018 | 4 p.m.
Boca Raton, Fla. | de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center
Set-up: Rollins starts the backside of its Sunshine State Conference schedule on Saturday, traveling to Boca Raton and meeting No. 17/14 Lynn. The Tars are tied for eighth in the SSC standings and coming off a befuddling loss to Florida Tech on Wednesday. Rollins was riding high after upsetting nationally ranked Florida Southern, but came out flat against FIT and couldn't recover. Rollins is playing just a fifth true road game this season (2-2). Lynn is alone in second place in the SSC standings at 8-2, only one game out of first place. They've won four of their last five with the lone loss a two-point defeat to fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern. LU's last six games have been decided by an average of three points. The Fighting Knights are a perfect 11-0 at the de Hoernle Center this season.
Tracking the Tars: Rollins welcomed Florida Tech to Warden Arena on Wednesday and saw FIT scorch the nets from deep, falling 88-65. Hutton Yenor poured in 16 points off the bench to lead Rollins. Connor Mckim filled the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Jakobi Bonner added 11 points. Florida Tech shot 18-of-43 from three-point range. Bonner is the Tars top scorer with 14.9 point to go along with 4.1 rebounds a game. Mckim is getting 13.4 points a night and shoots 86 percent from the free throw line. Yenor scored 11.4 points a game off the bench. Daniel Loh (4.8) and Trevor Recio (4.9) are the Tars top rebounders. Rollins is sixth in the SSC in offense with 74.9 points a game and sits fifth in defense, allowing 73.8 a night.
Tracking the Fighting Knights: Lynn was picked fourth in the SSC preseason poll and finds itself ranked as one of the top teams in the nation with six weeks left in the season. The Fighting Knights' last six games have been decided by four points or less, most recently a 72-71 win over Barry on Wednesday. Michael Baez tallied 24 points and nine rebounds while Jamal Palmer scored 18, including the winner at the buzzer. Baez and Palmer both average 15.8 points per game with Baez also grabbing 5.1 rebounds a night. Brandon Bornelus is scoring 14.3 a game and Darius Moore nets 13.2 a night. Lynn is averaging 78.3 points a game and allowing 70 a game.
- Rollins leads the all-time series with Lynn 30-16
- The Tars have won five of the last six against Lynn.
- Rollins is 11-8 all-time in Boca Raton.
- Rollins and Lynn met on Dec. 1 in Winter Park with LU winning 90-80. Jakobi Bonner scored 24 for Rollins; Brandon Bornelus netted 24 for Lynn.
- The Tars rank ninth in the nation in steals with 10.2 per game and sixth nationally with 183 total steals.
- Michael Baez (LU) is 38th in the nation in free throws made (87) and 48th in attempts (109).
- Lynn is ranked No. 14 in the D2SIDA Media Poll/No. 17 in the NABC Coaches Poll.
- Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is 702-416 in his 39th year leading the program. He has the fourth most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches;
Next up: Rollins is back on the road Wednesday, January 30, visiting Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the ICI Center. The Tars are back home on Saturday, February 2 hosting Saint Leo at 4 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.