BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 26, 2019) – After trailing in the second half, Rollins battled back to make it a one possession game late, but came up short, falling to 14th-ranked Lynn 80-77.
Hutton Yenor led Rollins (9-10, 3-8 Sunshine State Conference) with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Eric Castaneda tallied 18 points, three rebounds and four assists while Jakobi Bonner netted 15. Connor Mckim recorded 10 points.
The Tars shot a season-best 58 percent from the field (29-50), including a 5-of-11 mark from three-point range. Rollins was also 14-of-18 from the free throw line.
Michael Baez netted 22 for the Fighting Knights (16-2, 9-2 SSC). Jamal Palmer scored 18 with eight rebounds and Darius Moore netted 10.
Lynn hit 45 percent from the field and out rebounded Rollins 34-26, posting a 15-6 edge on the offensive glass.
The first half was played tight throughout with Lynn's 16-10 lead after seven minutes the largest advantage for either team. There were eight ties and three lead changes over the first 20 minutes with a Moore three-pointer at the buzzer giving Lynn a 33-32 lead going into intermission.
The Fighting Knights scored the first seven points of the second and later put Rollins in a 58-48 hole with 11:48 to play.
Led by Castaneda and Yenor, the Tars fought back and closed the gap to 63-59 with 7:30 remaining. After falling off pace, Castaneda went on a one-man 5-0 run and pulled the Tars to within 69-68 with a three pointer at the 2:27 mark.
James and Palmer swung the game back in Lynn's favor with a 5-0 run before a Yenor layup put the score at 74-70 with 40 seconds to play. Rollins played the fouling game to perfection, as twice Lynn hit two from the line, but three-pointers by Bonner and Mckim pulled the Tars to within 79-77 with 11 seconds on the clock.
Moore was quickly fouled on the ensuing possession and missed both at the line, giving the Tars the ball with nine seconds left. Mckim had it knocked out of bounds with two seconds left, but Rollins struggled to get it inbounds from the corner and turned the ball back over to the Fighting Knights. Moore then iced the game at the line.
Rollins will look to bounced back on Wednesday, January 30 with a trip to Daytona Beach and date with Embry-Riddle. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. at the ICI Center. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.