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Rollins Bounces Back With Win Over Tech

Connor Mckim
Connor Mckim

MELBOURNE, Fla. (February 27, 2019) – Rollins snapped an eight-game skid Wednesday, beating Florida Tech 84-72 in the penultimate game of the season. 

Connor Mckim put on a shooting display and led the Tars (10-17, 4-15 SSC) with 27 points. The junior was 9-of-16 from the field and hit 6-of-11 from beyond the arch. He also tallied six rebounds and five assists. 

Trevor Recio posted 16 points and 13 rebounds, his second double-double in three games. Hutton Yenor netted 14 off the bench with Jakobi Bonner scoring 13 and Eric Castaneda 10. 

The SSC's second leading scorer Derek Murphy went off for Florida Tech (8-19, 2-17 SSC), pouring in 40 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Trey Schaneville added 15 points.

Rollins shot 49 percent in the game, going 11-of-27 from deep. Florida Tech was held to 43 percent shooting and just six, 3-pointers. The Tars also won the glass 46-31.

Mckim scored the game's first five points as Rollins would not trail the entire night. The Tars grabbed a 11-2 lead after the first five minutes, but FIT cut it to one, four minutes later. Another 5-0 Mckim surge go the Tars back on track and the lead would balloon to 35-25 with 1:45 left in the half. After a Antonis Pefanis three-pointer, Yenor converted a lay-up and later hit a tip-in at the buzzer, sending Rollins into the locker room with a 39-28 lead.

The Panthers got to within four early in the second half, but Recio sparked a Tars run that was capped with a Yenor triple, pushing Rollins' advantage to 55-43.

Rollins led 72-62 with just under five minutes left and Tech went on a 6-0 run to close the gap to 72-68 with 3:25 to play. Consecutive buckets from Castaneda, Yenor and Bonner quickly got the Rollins advantage back to double digits and the Tars cruised the rest of the way.

Rollins will close the 2018-19 season on Saturday, March 2 at Florida Southern. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Jenkins Field House. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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