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PREVIEW: Final Week of Season Starts at Melbourne

PREVIEW: Final Week of Season Starts at Melbourne

Complete Game Notes (.PDF)

Match-up:
Rollins (9-17, 3-15 SSC) at Florida Tech (8-18, 2-16 SSC)

When:
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

Where:
Melbourne, Fla.  | Clemente Center

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

Set-up: Rollins is on the road for its last two games of the 2018-19 season, starting with a trip to Melbourne and date with Florida Tech. The Tars have dropped nine in a row and will be shut out of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament for just the fourth time in school history and first since 2015. Rollins will still look to finish the season strong with a win at Florida Tech and then going for a sweep of Florida Southern on Saturday. Tech also won't be playing in the postseason and have lost its last eight. The Panthers last win was a victory over Rollins in Winter Park earlier in January. Florida Tech is 7-10 in the Clemente Center this season while the Tars are 2-6 on the road. Rollins has already played twice in Melbourne this season, opening the year with wins over Benedict and Auburn-Montgomery to open the year.

Tracking the Tars: Rollins is looking to snap out of a February-long skid and is coming off a 70-62 loss to Eckerd on Senior Day. Freshman Hutton Yenor had a career day with 27 point on 10-of-16 shooting. Jakobi Bonner added 16 points. Bonner is the top scorer on the season, putting up 14.8 points a game. The junior shoots 53 percent from the field and is also getting 3.8 rebounds a night. Yenor averages 13.3 points a game with Connor Mckim posting 12.7 points and 3.3 assists a night. The Tars are 10th in the SSC in offense with 74.3 points a game and rank seventh in defense, surrendering 77.2 a night.

Tracking the Panthers:  FIT beat Rollins on January 23 and has lost eight in a row since, most recently falling to Lynn 76-71 on Saturday. Nieja Jordan tallied 21 point and 12 rebounds to pace Tech. Sesan Russell put up 17 points. Derek Murphy leads the team and ranks second in the SSC with 22.5 points a game. The redshirt junior is also grabbing eight rebounds a contest. Russell puts up 16.7 points a night with Antonis Pefanis scoring 13.4 points and hauling in 5.2 rebounds a game. Tech is scoring 75.3 points a game and allowing 80.9 a game.

Notes:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series with Florida Tech 71-35.
  • Rollins is 30-13 all-time in true road games against Florida Tech.  
  • Florida Tech won the meeting earlier in the season, 88-65 in Winter Park.
  • Rollins head coach Tom Klusman is 702-424 in his 39th year leading the program. He has the fourth most wins among active NCAA Division II coaches.  

Next up: The Tars close the regular season at Florida Southern on Saturday, March 2. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Jenkins Field House. Fans can watch all games live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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