DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 30, 2019) – Hutton Yenor poured in a career-high 22 points and Rollins had host Embry-Riddle on the ropes late before ultimately falling 79-73.
The loss drops the Tars into a tie for eighth in the Sunshine State Conference at 3-9 in league play, 9-11 overall. Embry Riddle moves to 3-9, 10-13 with a season sweep of Rollins.
Yenor shot 8-of-15 from the field and hit 4-of-6 from long range. The redshirt freshman from Orlando also had three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Connor Mckim added 15 points and Jakobi Bonner netted nine.
Elijah Jenkins dropped 29 points behind nine three-pointers to lead ERAU. Nashad Mackey scored 15.
The Eagles shot a blazing 60 percent from the field, including a 16-of-33 mark from beyond the arc. Rollins hit 46 percent from the field and connected on 11-of-12 at the free throw line. Despite 13 offensive rebounds, the Tars were beat on the glass 29-26. Rollins also committed just eight turnovers while causing 16.
After grabbing an early lead behind a Trecor Recio dunk, the Tars slipped into 24-16 hole at the 11:34 mark of the first half. Daniel Loh then hit a three-pointer to start the Rollins comeback as a 9-0 run capped with a Mckim three-pointer gave Rollins a 32-31 lead with 4:14 left.
The teams then traded baskets the rest of the half with Embry-Riddle snagging a 43-42 edge going into intermission.
Mackey went off to start the second and put Rollins down 50-42. The Tars would trail by as many as 11 early in half before again coming all the way back and taking a 63-62 advantage on a Yenor three-pointer, the capper of a 16-4 run. Yenor had 12 of the Tars points during the span.
Rollins couldn't extend its lead beyond one point and found itself trailing by a score of 72-71 with 1:18 to play. Jenkins kept the Tars at bay with two big three pointers in the final minutes and Jones sealed the win at the free throw line.
Rollins will look to snap back on Saturday, February 2 when they host Saint Leo at Warden Arena. Tip off is slated for 4 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.