MELBOURNE, Fla. (November 15, 2019) – Rollins surrendered 34 fourth quarter points fell to Clayton State 82-78 Friday at the Florida Tech Tip-off.
The loss was a first for Rollins (2-1) this season while the Lakers evened their record at 2-2.
Jaylyn Harrison led the way for the Tars with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including a trio of 3-pointers. The senior also handed out four assists. Yari Martinez-Toro scored 16 and Denise Daniels netted 13.
Timi'a Swanson posted a game-high 20 to lead Clayton State. Dejah Montgomery scored 19 and Kelsie Towns tallied 18 points.
Rollins jumped out to a big lead early and was out in front for nearly the entire game. The Tars were up 16-10 after the first and took a 41-26 advantage in to the break.
The Lakers began to chip away at Rollins' big lead in the second half and closed to within 60-48 heading into the fourth.
An 11-5 run by Clayton State over the first four minutes of the fourth cut the Tars lead to 65-59. The Rollins advantage continued to dwindle as the Lakers tied the score at 70 with 3:48 left on the clock. Daniels got the Tars back on top with a free throw, but a 5-0 run by Montgomery gave CSU its first lead of the game at 75-71 with 1:37 to play.
Clutch free throws from Daniels and Rachel Lia tied the score at 75 and Daniels gave Rollins a two point lead with just 36 seconds to play.
Montgomery drew a foul on the ensuing Clayton possession and tied the score at 77. Harrison was quickly fouled by CSU and split a pair at the line to give Rollins a 78-77 lead with seven seconds left.
Clayton State advanced the ball on a timeout and found Christal Williams for a three-pointer with two seconds left and put Rollins down 80-78. The Tars then turned it over and Towns made good on free throws at the very end to hand Rollins the four-point loss.
Rollins will look to bounce back on Saturday, November 16 in Melbourne, facing Puerto Rico Bayamon for a second time this season. The Tars took care of UPRBR 61-48 earlier this season. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.
Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com.