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Tough Second Half Spoils Tars Senior Day

Yari Martinez-Toro
Yari Martinez-Toro

WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 23, 2019) – Rollins scored just 12 second half points, but still had a chance at the end due to stellar defense before ultimately falling to Eckerd 47-44 Saturday afternoon. 

The Tars did not allow the Tritons a field goal in the fourth quarter, surrendering just four free throws. However, the Tars offense was just as stagnant, hitting jumper and free throw with 6:54 left and not scoring again the rest of the way. 

Yari Martinez-Toro led Rollins (10-14, 7-11 Sunshine State Conference)  with 11 points. Carly McLendon added five points and 11 rebounds with Tianna Rosser grabbing nine boards. 

Chelsea Johnson paced EC (19-7, 13-5 SSC) with 21 points. Yarden Danan scored nine. 

Rollins hit 25 percent from the field with Eckerd shooting 33 percent. The Tritons were also 11-of-11 at the stripe while Rollins hit 4-of-9 at the line. 

The Tars opened up 15-10 lead after the first and led by as many as 13 late in the second before going into the break up 32-25. 

EC started the third quarter on an 8-0 run and knotted the score at 32 before a Jaylyn Harrison triple kept the Tars in front. Martinez-Toro later gave Rollins a 41-38 advantage, but EC scored the last five points of the quarter, capped with a Johnson runner in the lane at the buzzer, to put Rollins down 43-41 heading into the fourth. 

Rachel Lia tied the score early in the fourth and gave Rollins a one-point lead with a free throw at the 6:54 mark. A pair of Johnson free throws 20 seconds later put EC back on top 45-44 with 6:37 to play. 

The two teams would then combine to go 0-10 from the field with five turnovers over the next five-plus minutes and the score remained 45-44. 

Rollins had a look coming out of a timeout with 10 seconds to play, but a McLendon jumper was off the mark. Johnson put two more on the board with free throws, making it a 47-44 spread with two seconds left. 

After the second free throw, Harrison raced down the court and was fouled in the act of shooting at the buzzer, but missed at the line and EC escaped Warden Arena. 

The Tars will look to bounce back and punch their ticket to the Sunshine State Conference Tournament on Wednesday, February 27 at Florida Tech. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Melbourne. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.

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