WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 15, 2019) – Rollins came all the way back from a 14-point second half deficit to tie the score in the final seconds, but Lake Erie found a way and beat the Tars 85-82 on Friday night.
Gabe Kynard drained a deep three-pointer with less than a second to play as part of his game-high 24 points to lift Lake Erie (2-2) past the Tars.
Jakobi Bonner netted a career-high 28 points to lead Rollins. The senior was 10-of-19 from the floor, hit three 3-pointers and went 5-of-5 at the line. Dayton Gumm netted 14 and Trevor Recio grabbed seven rebounds.
Kyard was lights out for LEC, hitting 10-of-15 from the floor with a quartet of 3-pointers. He also tallied eight rebounds and five assists. Kevin Peterson scored 16 and Jacob Plantz netted 12, both off the bench.
Rollins shot 48 percent in the game while the Strom connected on 54 percent from the floor. The Tars won the battle on the glass 32-31 and committed just nine turnovers to 10 from LEC.
The Tars led nearly the entire first half, going up by as many as eight twice in the frame. Lake Erie closed the period on an 11-0 run and put Rollins down 40-37 at the break.
The Strom continued to stay hot in the second and put Rollins in a 77-63 hole with five minutes to play.
Rollins amped up the pressure and responded with an 15-2 run and pulled to within 79-78 on a Bonner 3-point play with 1:04 left.
Harrison Riggs hit from deep on the next Lake Erie possession, but Bonner quickly got two points back with a pair of free throws and Peterson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give Rollins the ball down two with 17 seconds left. Bonner again took control, driving to the left and making a contested layup to tie the score with eight seconds left.
After a timeout, Lake Erie went the length of the floor in the final seconds to set up Kynard's game winner. Yenor had a look with 0.8 seconds left, but the desperation heave fell short.
Rollins will look to bounce back on Tuesday, November 19, hosting Puerto Rico Mayaguez at 7:30 pm. In Warden Arena. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.