LAKELAND, Fla. (March 2, 2019) – Rollins topped the century mark for the first time this season, but Florida Southern's offense was just as good as the Tars fell to the Mocs 105-100 in the season finale.
The game featured nine ties and 16 lead changes and added another chapter to the school's old rivalry.
Rollins ends its season at 10-18 overall and 4-16 in Sunshine State Conference play. Florida Southern (21-7, 14-6 SSC) advances to the SSC tournament as the three-seed.
Connor Mckim poured in a career high 31 points, beating his previous best of 27 set on Wednesday at Florida Tech. The junior was 11-of-14 from the field while adding six rebounds and four assists.
Rollins had one of its better shooting nights of the season, hitting 57 percent from the floor and 11-of-24 three-pointers. Florida Southern, however, was on fire, hitting 64 percent from the floor. The Mocs also beat Rollins on the glass 31-26.
Brett Hanson paced FSC with 23 points while Jonathan Lawton scored 20.
Rollins led by six after five minutes, but a 7-0 FSC run swung momentum back to the hosts. The teams then traded the lead back and forth for the rest of the half with neither leading by more than five.
A Mckim triple with 6:02 in the half put Rollins ahead 36-34, but another 7-0 Mocs run gave the hosts a 41-36 advantage. Bonner later tied the score at 43 with a three-pointer of his own.
Scoring in the wild first half finally ended with Yenor pulled Rollins to within 49-47 at the half.
The close play continued into the second as a Castaneda layup gave the Tars a 63-62 lead with 13:58 to play. Rollins maintained the advantage for the next seven minutes until Lawton started to heat up and put the Mocs on top 87-75 with 5:43 left.
Rollins did not lay down and battled back to 99-93 at the one-minute mark. The game then turned into a free throw contest with FSC holding strong at the line. Mckim drained a deep three with seven seconds left that got Rollins to within 103-100. Ben Marello then sealed the game at the line for FSC.