BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's men's basketball team (6-2) dropped its second straight game on Friday night, 72-60, to Winston-Salem State (7-1) in the Embassy Suites Boca Raton Classic. The Fighting Knights who are ranked 20th in this week's Division II Media Poll by D2SIDA were led by Fred Landers and Aaron Harrison who each had 10 points. Harrison was one rebound shy of a double-double. Lynn will return to action for the second day of The Blue & White's annual tournament on Saturday, December 20, at 7:30 pm.
Cory Thomas blocked three shots in the opening three four minutes and Lynn was off to a quick start in the first half with a 13-6 lead at the 11:59 mark. The Rams answered back at tied the game 14-all with 8:42 to play in the first half. A pair of free throws by Marquez Jones gave WSSU its largest lead thus far, 20-16, but Harrison and Pavle Raickovic responded with back-to-back baskets for Lynn to tie the game 20-all with 6:30 remaining. The Rams closed out the half on a 7-0 run to lead 34-28 at the break.
Harrison had a team-best eight points and Thomas had six points, six rebounds and three blocks in the opening 20 minutes. Winston-Salem State shot 42.4 percent from the field and held Lynn to just 33.3 percent. The Blue & White was out-rebounded 27-19 but edged the Rams 5-2 in steals.
Winston-Salem State got off to a 40-34 lead but a slam dunk by David Johnson brought Lynn within four with just 16 minutes to play. Lynn took the lead, 45-43, on a layup by Landers at the 13 minute mark. The two teams would exchange leads with Winston-Salem pulling ahead by 11, 66-56, with 3:47 to play. Fouls plagued the Blue & White as the final minutes wound down. Winston Salem went on to win 72-60 to improve to 7-1 and handed the Fighting Knights their second-straight loss.
Johnson scored a team-high seven points in the final frame while Harrison led with six rebounds and two blocks. Jones was the driving force in the second half for the Rams with 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the floor. Kaleb Clyburn made Lynn's only three-point shots of the night, both in the second half to contribute six points and Landers also added six second half points.
Lynn improved to shoot 41.4 percent from the field in the second half but just 54.5 percent from the free throw line. WSSU edged the Blue & White 38-32 in rebounds and 6-5 in steals in the half.
Overall Lynn shot 36.8 percent from the floor and scored 42 points in the paint. Raickovic had nine points while Johnson, Thomas and Russell Wilson each had eight a piece. Wilson led the team in assists with six and had three steals.
The Fighting Knights will face Nyack (2-8) at 7:30 pm in the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center in their final game of the 2014 portion of the season. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.