BOCA RATON, Fla. – It may only be the preseason but Lynn University's men's basketball 2014-15 debut was a high-flying success in a 94-53 victory over Brunel on Monday night. Newcomer David Johnson led a contingent of four Fighting Knights in double-digit scoring with 13 points on 6-of-12 attempts and Cory Thomas added 10 points and two blocks.
Lynn took control of the boards early and often, outrebounding Brunel 48-33 overall, including 22 on the offensive end. The Blue & White also flashed a defensive style that was missing the previous year: constant pressure. The team logged 23 steals in the contest, with seven coming via new point guard Russell Wilson.
After falling behind 4-3 nearly two minutes into play, the Fighting Knights went on a 28-3 run over a 10 minute span and the rout was on. Johnson scored on three consecutive possessions and was followed by Wilson adding two more baskets to key the run.
With 6:24 left in the opening half, Lynn began to bring the excitement to the packed house as Johnson stole a pass from Prince Lartey and went coast-to-coast with a one-handed dunk. Benjamin Berry then gave fans something to remember during halftime when he collected a pass from Fred Landers and slammed it home over a Brunel defender. Lynn went to the locker room leading 47-12.
The Fighting Knights looked to the second half to evaluate their bench and were not disappointed as 11 players combined for 48 points. Pavle Raickovic added 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting with a team-high eight rebounds, Dante Scholl added 10 points while hitting 2-of-3 attempts from beyond the three-point arc and freshman Vanderbilt Carpenter tallied three assists in a limited role off the bench.
It was Thomas, though, who topped the night off with a thundering dunk which shook the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center. With time winding down in the game, the senior center flashed his athleticism by stealing a pass mid-air at center court, sprinting past two defenders and leveling a tomahawk dunk.
The Fighting Knights shot 46.8 percent from the field, 30 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent at the free-throw line while holding Brunel to 37.5 percent shooting overall, including 22.2 percent from downtown. Additionally, the Blue & White forced 34 turnovers.
Lynn opens its season on Saturday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. when it hosts Armstrong State. Fans can watch the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.