BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's men's basketball team dropped its first Sunshine State Conference game of the season, 80-72, to No. 3 Barry (14-1) on Wednesday night. The Fighting Knights (12-3) fall into second place in the SSC at 5-1. Ben Berry had a team-high 18 points connecting on four shots from behind the arc for the second-straight game. The loss snapped Lynn's six-game win streak and was the first loss of 2015 for the Blue & White.
The two rivals exchanged leads over the first ten minutes of play but Barry pulled ahead by nine with 10:19 to play after a three-pointer by Anders Haas. Over the next eight minutes Lynn trailed by as many as ten on three occasions but the Blue & White cut the deficit to four after a pair of free throws by Fred Landers. Pavle Raickovic made the second of two attempted free throws to tie the game 31-all with 1:11 to play in the half. The Bucs held off the Fighting Knights to lead 35-31 at the break.
Lynn shot just 29.4 percent from the field in the half but capitalized on second chance opportunities scoring nine points and 13 points off the bench. Barry was led by Yunio Barrueta who had nine points in the half while Harrison had a team-best eight points for the Blue & White. The Fighting Knights edged BU 22-20 in rebounds, six of which were grabbed by Landers.
The Fighting Knights kept the game within reach throughout the opening minutes of the second frame. Barry led by 11, 56-45, with 10:14 left in regulation and it was then that Lynn sparked a 20-7 run over the next five minutes that gave the Blue & White its first lead of the half, 65-63, with 4:52 to play. During the stretch, Berry drained a pair of treys while Kaleb Clyburn and Harrison each made shots from downtown as well. Barry and Lynn went head-to-head over the final five minutes exchanging the lead five more times before successful trips to the charity stripe sealed the win for the Bucs.
The Blue & White shot just 35.0 percent from the field while the Bucs made 52.0 percent of their shots. Barry connected on 30-of-31 shots from the free throw line to shoot 96.8percent while Lynn made just 17-of-27, its worst percentage from the charity stripe all season.
Berry's 18 points and five steals with six rebounds led the Fighting Knights offense. Clyburn and Harrison both had 13 points and Landers had a season-high 11 rebounds, six of which were offensive. Lynn shot 32.4 percent from the field overall and scored 29 points from the bench and 23 points on second chances.
Lynn returns to action on Saturday, January 24, when it hosts nationally-ranked Florida Southern in SSC action. Tip-off is slated for 4 pm. Fans can follow the action at LynnFightingKnights.com or by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.