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Rollins Upended by Flagler

Rachel Lia
Rachel Lia

MELBOURNE, Fla. (November 16, 2018) – Flagler went on an 18-0 run to end the first half and Rollins couldn't come back in the second as the Tars lost 66-50 to the Saints Friday at the Florida Tech Classic. 

The loss keeps Glenn Wilkes Jr. at 698 career victories. Rollins (1-1) next meets New York Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Melbourne. 

Rollins didn't have a double-digit scorer with nine different players cracking the box score. Freshman Jasmine Smith led the way with eight points while sophomores Rachel Jablonski and Rachel Lia both netted seven. Jablonski added six rebounds. Carly McLendon filled the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks. 

Tabitha Odabe led Flagler (3-1) with 18 points. Chris Wilson added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. 

Rollins shot 39 percent to Flagler's 42 percent from the field, but was hampered by 21 turnovers. The Saints were hit for just eight turnovers in the game. 

The Tars trailed 8-5 midway through the first before closing the quarter on a 9-2 run and grabbing a 14-10 lead. 

After Flagler took control 16-15 early in the second, McLendon got the Tars back on top 17-16 with a bucket at the 5:56 mark. That, however, was Rollins last score of the half as Flagler posted an 18-0 run and took a 34-17 lead into the break. 

In the third, the Tars chopped away at the lead and pulled to within eight, 38-30 after a pair of Smith free throws at the 3:03 mark. The Saints answered and put the Tars down 46-33 heading into the fourth. 

Rollins again got as close at eight early in the fourth, forcing Flagler to call timeout up 48-40 with eight minutes left. The Saints responded with an 8-0 run and the Tars couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. 

The Tars will look to give Wilkes win No. 699 on Saturday, November 17 against New York Tech. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Florida Tech in Melbourne. NYIT beat the host Panthers 67-59 earlier on Friday. 

Fans can follow the action live with streaming video on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.