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Lynn Nips Rollins in 2OT Thriller

Carly McLendon tallied 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Lynn
Carly McLendon tallied 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Lynn

BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 26, 2019) -  Rollins trailed by 19 early in the second quarter and came all the way back to force double overtime before falling to Lynn 71-70 on the road Saturday. 

Rollins took a one-point lead with 39 seconds left in regulation only to see Lynn tie the score at 55 on the last possession. In the first overtime, the Tars led by four early, but trailed by two in the final seconds. Carly McLendon scored a putback with five seconds left and knotted the score at 67 to force another overtime period. Exhaustion set in for both teams in the second OT with the score tied 69-69 heading into the final seconds. Rachel Lia put the Tars up by one with 23 ticks left, but Lynn's Kelsi Fizer hit two from the line to get the Fighting Knights up by one. Rollins had a final look at the basket with time running out, but the try was off the mark at the buzzer. 

Yari Martinez-Toro led the Tars (9-8, 6-5 Sunshine State Conference) offense with 17 points behind a trio of three-pointers. Carly McLendon tallied 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds; 10 on the offensive end. The senior also had four blocks and a steal in 40 minutes. Rachel Jablonski netted 11 off the bench. 

Christina Potts led Lynn (12-5, 6-5 SSC) with 14 points off the bench. Jaylyn Snipes tallied 13 points while Sydney Fields and Fizer both scored 10. 

Rollins shot 27-of-88 (31 percent) while Lynn hit 25-of-72 (35 percent) from the field. The Fighting Knights won on the glass 56-53 while committing 20 turnovers to the Tars' 12. 

The Tars got off to a rough start with just two field goals through the first eight minutes of play. Lynn opened up a 17-4 lead in the span and later put the Tars down 24-8 after consecutive three-pointers to end the quarter. 

Rollins found itself trailing 29-10 with 6:25 left in the first half. Two Tianna Rosser free throws sparked an 10-0 Tars run, led by five-straight points from Jablonski, as Rollins pulled to within 29-20 at the 3:05 mark. The offense then went cold and Lynn added two free throws as the game went to halftime with the Tars trailing 31-20. 

The Tars started the third on an 8-0 run and made it a three-point game, 31-28. Lynn answered, but Jablonski kept it close for the Tars with two more triples as the game headed to the fourth with Lynn leading 38-34. 

Rachel Lia quickly tied the game at 38 for the Tars, but Lynn put together a 10-2 run and put Rollins down 49-43 with three minutes to play. Rollins then posted a 10-0 run, capped off with a Denise Daniels three-point play. Lynn scored on back to back possessions and led 52-52 with less than a minute to play. With time winding down, Martinez-Toro hit a deep three for the Tars and put the visitors in front by two with 39 seconds on the clock. After a timeout, Fields hit a turnaround jumper in the paint to knot the score at 55. Both Rollins and Lynn missed chances to win in the final seconds and the game headed to overtime. 

Rollins is on the road Wednesday, January 30, traveling to Daytona Beach to meet Embry-Riddle. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the ICI Center. The Tars are back at home on February 1, hosting Saint Leo at 2 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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