BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 18, 2017) – Rollins built a 12-point halftime lead but had to hold on down the stretch as the ninth-ranked Tars posted a 65-57 win at Lynn on Saturday.
The Tars were up 25-12 after the first and 39-27 at the half before having to stave off a Fighting Knights comeback down the stretch.
Jaylyn Harrison and Jo Bistrow each scored 16 points to lead Rollins (3-0, 2-0 Sunshine State Conference). Harrison went 6-of-9 from the field and handed out three assists while Bistrow knocked down 5-of-9 from the floor. Carly McLendon hauled in 12 rebounds, five on the offensive end, while also recording three blocks and nine points.
Lynn (0-4, 0-2 SSC) was paced by Kelsi Fizer's 13 points and 10 rebounds. Juju Uloma added 14 points off the bench while Mariah Penasicon tallied nine points and six assists.
Rollins came into the game as one of the most accurate teams in the nation, shooting 55 percent from the field. However, the rims in Boca Raton weren't too kind as the Tars went 24-of-65 (37 percent) on Saturday, including just 7-of-22 beyond the arc.
The defense shined for the Tars, holding Lynn to 19-of-56 from the field and building a 44-35 advantage on the glass.
Rollins held an 8-7 lead early in the first outscoring the Fighting Knights 17-5 the rest of the frame to grab a 25-12 lead. Harrison led the way with eight points in the first.
The Tars advantage quickly climbed to 29-13 to start the second and a Harrison steal and breakaway lay-up with three minutes left pushed Rollins ahead 39-20. That would be last Rollins bucket of the half as the visitors from Winter Park missed their next five shots and Lynn closed the half on a 7-0 run to shrink the Tars lead to 39-27 at intermission.
Rollins cold-shooting streak continued into the third, hitting just 4-of-15 from the field as Lynn got as close at 45-44 at the 3:30 mark. Bistro got the train back rolling with a conventional three-point play and two more free throws as the Tars held a 50-46 lead going into the fourth.
Vernisha Andrews gave Rollins a 57-50 lead midway through the fourth, but the Fighting Knights cut the advantage to 59-57 with 1:21 left. McLendon scored on the Tars ensuing possession and a Harrison three-pointer with 30 seconds left sealed the win for the Tars.
Rollins returns home on Monday, November 20 to host St. Thomas in Warden Arena. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Fans can watch the action live on the new SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv and the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.
- Rollins leads the all-time series with Lynn 39-6, including a 16-3 mark in Boca Raton. Their first meeting was an 84-78 Knights win on February 14, 1994. The Tars have now won 10-straight in the series.
- Rollins is 802-407 since becoming an NCAA Division II varsity sport in 1970.
- Glenn Wilkes Jr. is 688-235 in 32 seasons as the Tars head coach.
- Carly McLendon's 117 blocked shots is the fifth most in program history; four behind Ellen O'Day for fourth place.
- After Saturday's action, only Rollins (3-0) and Embry-Riddle (4-0) remain unbeaten among SSC schools.