WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 2, 2019) – Rollins had its best offensive second half of the season, but Saint Leo had the answers down the stretch as the Tars fell 99-94 to the Lions on Saturday.
Rollins drops to 9-12 overall and 3-10 in Sunshine State Conference play while Leo moves to 10-11, 7-6 SSC.
Connor Mckim poured in 26 points and handed out six assists to lead the Tars. Hutton Yenor netted 19 while Jakobi Bonner scored 16 and added seven rebounds. Eric Castaneda and Daniel Loh both scored 10 points.
Rollins was 51 percent from the field, but went just 7-of-19 from long range. The Lions were 49 percent from the field and hit 15 three-pointers while also outrebounding Rollins 34-27. The two teams combined to shoot 66 free throws with Rollins going 29-for-35 and Leo 26-for-31.
Kyran McClure led Saint Leo with 28 points behind a 6-of-13 shooting night beyond the arc. Isaiah Hill and Gintaras Bartaskas both scored 17 while Yalen Reed and Rusty Moorer each netted 14.
It was a slow start for both teams as a Mckim three-pointer tied the score 9-9 after eight minutes of play. Saint Leo would go on to lead by seven, 24-17 at the 7:39 mark before the Tars came back and closed to 24-23 with 6:28 left until halftime.
The Lions extended their lead to 39-29 with 2:52 left in the half and eventually put the Tars in a 44-39 hole at intermission.
Rollins trailed by as many as 12 twice early in the second before the offense really came alive and pulled two within 57-55 on a Bonner layup with 13:22 to play. Despite most of their shots falling, the Tars couldn't get over the hump and Leo pulled back out in front by 10, 88-78 with 1:08 left.
The Tars cut the Lions lead in half over the course of just 11 seconds, but a Hill layup and Moorer free throws kept the Tars at bay. Rollins trailed 95-89 with 10 seconds left and got new life after a Bonner conventional three-point play. Saint Leo would then convert all its free throws in the final seconds as Rollins lost for a fourth consecutive time.
Rollins will look to bounce back on Wednesday, February 9 with a trip to Nova Southeastern. The fifth-ranked Sharks lead the nation in scoring and are setting the pace in the SSC standings. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Ft. Lauderdale. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.