Rollins (9-13, 3-11 SSC) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (9-12, 5-8 SSC)
Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 4 p.m.
Winter Park | Warden Arena
Set-up: Currently on the outside looking in of a Sunshine State Conference tournament bid, Rollins will look to fight back into the conversation Saturday, hosting Palm Beach Atlantic. The Tars have lost five in a row and slid to 10th in the conference standings. They trail Tampa and Embry-Riddle by a game and the all-important eighth spot. Rollins is coming off a loss at eighth-ranked Nova Southeastern on Wednesday. The Tars are 5-6 at home this season while Palm Beach Atlantic is 5-3 in true road games. The Sailfish are seventh in the league standings and come to Winter Park having won just one of their last four. That victory, however was a convincing 11-point win over then 11th-ranked Lynn. Rollins won the first match-up between the two teams, 80-79 in West Palm Beach; the 700th career victory for Tars head coach Tom Klusman.
Tracking the Tars: With four weeks left in the season, Rollins finds itself in a fight for its postseason life, needing to string together some wins and move up the SSC standings for a spot in the tournament. Currently on a five-game skid, the Tars are coming off an 87-58 loss at eighth-ranked Nova Southeastern on Wednesday. Hutton Yenor and Trevor Recio both scored 13 to lead the way as Rollins shot a season-low 31 percent in the game. Jakobi Bonner is the Tars top scorer on the season, putting up 14.4 points a game. The junior is shooting 51 percent from the field and grabs four rebounds a game. Connor Mckim is getting 13.4 points and three assists a game while shooting 86 percent at the free throw line. Yenor got his first start on Wednesday and is putting up 12.8 points a game. Recio (4.7) and Eric Castaneda (4.6) are the Tars top rebounders on the year. Rollins ranks seventh in the conference in both offense (75 ppg) and defense (76.1 ppg).
Tracking the Sailfish: Palm Beach Atlantic is in a group of four teams jockeying for position in the SSC standings as the conference tournament looms in four weeks. The Sailfish shocked 11th-ranked Lynn 75-64 a week ago and then lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds against Tampa on Wednesday, 66-63. De'Ondre Jackson led the way with 19 points while Andrew Moemeka tallied 17 points and six rebounds. Jackson leads the season box score with 14.3 points and 3.7 rebounds a game. Jules Jasmine adds 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a night while shooting 56 percent from the floor. Bakari Warthen averages 10.2 points and five rebounds a game. PBA is 10th in the SSC in scoring at 73.9 points a game while allowing a SSC fifth-best 74 points a night. The 'Fish are second in the conference in steals, grabbing 10.8 a game.
- Rollins leads the all-time series 26-7 against Palm Beach Atlantic
- The Tars are 16-3 all-time at home against PBA.
- Rollins gave head coach Tom Klusman his 700th win in the first game against PBA, holding on for an 80-79 victory.
- Rollins ranks 19th in the nation in total steals (203)
- The Tars are 29th nationally at turnovers forced (16.8) a game.
- PBA is fourth nationally in steals per game (10.8)
- PBA is fifth in the nation in total steals (227)
- Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC preseason poll; PBA was picked 11th.
- Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is 702-420 in his 39th year leading the program. He has the fourth most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches…David Balza is 70-101 in six seasons at PBA.
Next up: Rollins is back at home on Wednesday, February 13, hosting Tampa at 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.