WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 13, 2019) – Rollins trailed by 21 in the middle of the second half and came back to make it a two point game late, but the comeback ran out of time and the Tars fell to UT 95-88.
Eric Castaneda scored 24 points to lead Rollins (9-15, 3-13 Sunshine State Conference). Connor Mckim added 18 points and six assists while Jakobi Bonner scored 14, Trevor Recio netted 11 and Hutton Yenor recorded 10 points.
Anthony Gamble had the hot hand for Tampa (12-12, 6-10 SSC), pouring in 38 points behind a 10-of-17 shooting night beyond the arc. Freddy Ibraham added 23 points with eight assists. Alberton Moreno tallied 15 points and six assists off the bench.
Tampa was 18-of-34 from three-point range and shot 56 percent from the field overall. Rollins hit 46 percent from the floor and connected on 14 three-pointers. The Tars were outrebounded by a count of 34-29.
The score was tied at 13 with 10:56 to play before Tampa started to heat up and put the Tars down 40-26 with 3:22 left in the period.
Rollins trailed 49-34 at the half.
With 14:25 left in the game, Gamble hit a three-pointer and pushed UT's lead to 65-44.
Three-pointers by Daniel Loh and Yenor started the Tars comeback train as an Eric Castaneda triple with five minutes to play pulled the Tars to within 79-78. Tampa then responded with a 6-0 run and the Tars got to within two with 96 seconds on the clock. Rollins got as close as two twice more but couldn't grab the lead. UT then iced the game at the free throw line.
The Tars are back in action on Saturday, February 16 at Barry. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. in Miami Shores. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.