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Tars Come Up Short in Shootout at FSC

Connor Mckim scored a career-high 31 points against FSC
Connor Mckim scored a career-high 31 points against FSC

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.

Hutton Yenor added 20 off the bench while senior Eric Castaneda scored 19 in his final collegiate game. Trevor Recio and Jakobi Bonner both scored 12.

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.

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