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PREVIEW: Rollins at Embry-Riddle Wednesday

PREVIEW: Rollins at Embry-Riddle Wednesday

Complete Game Notes (.pdf)
Match-up:
Rollins (9-10, 3-8 SSC) at Embry-Riddle (9-13, 2-9)

When:
Wednesday, January 30 | 7:30 p.m.

Where:
Daytona Beach, Fla. | ICI Center

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network – RollinsSportsLive.com
LISTEN: WPRK 91.5 FM – TuneIn (mobile)
LIVESTATS: TarsStats.com 

Set-up: Tied for eighth in the Sunshine State Conference standings with five week to go, Rollins next heads to Daytona Beach to meet Embry-Riddle on Wednesday. The Tars and Tampa are both 3-8 in league play and, along with Palm Beach Atlantic at 4-7, are fighting to ensure a spot in the SSC Tournament. Since upsetting nationally ranked Florida Southern, Rollins has dropped a home game to Florida Tech and took 13th-ranked Lynn down to the wire on the road, falling by three. ERAU has dropped seven of its last eight and are just 2-7 at home this season. The Eagles are coming off an 11-point loss at fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern on Wednesday. Embry-Riddle's two conference wins have come against Florida Tech and at Rollins on November 28. The Tars are 4-5 away from home this season, 2-3 in true road games.

Tracking the Tars: On the road this past Saturday at now 13th-ranked Lynn, the Tars took the Fighting Knights all the way down to the final possession, but came up shot 80-77. Hutton Yenor led Rollins 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. Rollins had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds, but didn't get a clean look at the basket. Bonner is the Tars top scorer at 14.9 points a game, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long range. The junior is third on the team with 4.1 rebounds a game. Mckim is getting 13.3 points a game and is one of the SSC's top free throw shooters at 87 percent. Yenor averages 18 minutes a game off the bench and is netting 11.8 points a night. Daniel Loh is the Tars top rebounder at 4.2 a game. Rollins is seventh in the SSC in offense at 75.1 points a game while sitting fifth in defense, surrendering 74.2 a night

Tracking the Eagles:  ERAU was 7-3 after its SSC-opening win at Rollins in November, but has since gone 2-10 and slid to the bottom of the league standings. The Eagles are coming off narrow losses to Eckerd (64-61) and at fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern (109-98). Embry-Riddle had three players reach the 20-point plateau, including a career game from Cj Henagan as the redshirt freshman went for a career-best 20 points to go along with four rebounds and a pair of steals. Nashad Mackey finished with a team-best 24 points and nine boards, while Alston Jones had 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Four Eagles average double-digit scoring, led by Mackey's 15.7 a night. He also tops the team with 11.2 rebounds a game. Luka Majstorovic scores 15.3 a game and Jones is getting 14.5 a night Tylin Lockett-Fuller scores 10 a game. Embry-Riddle is second in the conference in scoring, putting up 81.7 points a night. The Eagles are 10th in scoring defense, surrendering 80.1 points a game.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Embry-Riddle 9-5; ERAU has won the last two in the series.
  • The Tars are 4-3 against the Eagles since they joined the SSC.
  • Rollins is 4-2 all-time in Daytona Beach.
  • They last met on Nov. 28 in Winter Park with ERAU winning 81-69. Parker Davis had 20 points for Rollins while Tylin Locket-Fuller scored 15 for the Eagles.
  • Rollins is 12th in the country in steals per game at 9.8 a night.
  • The Tars rank 13th in Division II with 186 total steals.
  • ERAU is eighth in the nation in total rebounds (862).
  • ERAU ranks 22nd nationally with 13.6 offensive rebounds a game.
  • Luka Majstorovic (ERAU) is 13th in the nation in shooting, hitting 62.4 percent from the field.
  • Nashad Mackey (ERAU) has the nation's 18th most double-doubles with eight.
  • Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC preseason poll; ERAU tied for eighth.
  • Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is 702-417 in his 39th year leading the program. He has the fourth most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches; Steve Ridder is 692-281 in his 30th season at Embry-Riddle.

Next up: The Tars are back home on Saturday, February 2 hosting Saint Leo at 4 p.m. Just four home game remain on the Tars 2018-19 slate.  Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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