Winter Park, Fla.- Lynn University's men's basketball team improved to 14-4 and 7-2 in the Sunshine State Conference with a 65-63 win at Rollins. The win marks the first time the Fighting Knights have won at the Warden Arena since the 2007-08 season when the Blue & White upset the then-ranked No. 4 Tars. Russell Wilson was the hero of the game when he stole the ball from under Kyle Koszuta and finished with a fast-break layup to win the game with three seconds to spare.
The Fighting Knights jumped out to an early 9-3 lead with two and a half minutes into the game. The Fighting Knights pulled ahead by nine, 16-7, with a dunk by Cory Thomas. The Blue & White took its biggest lead, 25-14, when David Johnson got a steal followed by a fast-break layup. Rollins closed out the half on a 8-2 run to trail 37-35 at the break.
Ben Berry had a team-high 11 points in the first stanza making three-of-seven shots from downtown. Aaron Harrison added eight points and three steals while the Fighting Knights shot 46.4 percent from the field. The Blue & White scored 10 points on second chance opportunities and 12 points off the bench. Rollins shot an impressive 59.1 percent and were led by Jeff Merton who had 18 points.
Rollins came out hot in the second half, to take the lead, 42-36, at 16:20. The two teams would exchange the lead six times over the next 12 minutes. Rollins took the lead, 59-58, with a trey by Kyle Koszuta. Kaleb Clyburn answered back at 2:42 with a three-pointer to give Lynn a two-point advantage. A slam dunk by Chris Uhle with 59 seconds left in the game tied the game 63-all.
Coming out of a 30 second timeout called by head Coach Jeff Price, Clyburn missed a layup that was rebounded by the Tars. With three seconds left in the game, Russell Wilson stole the ball from Koszuta and finished with a fast-break layup to give the Blue & White a 65-63 lead. RC was unable to get off a last-minute shot as the Fighting Knights stormed the court in celebration.
Berry had seven points in the second half, to lead all scorers on Lynn's squad while Fred Landers, Thomas and Harrison each added four points. The Fighting Knights shot 38.5 percent from the field in the second stanza and edged Rollins 20-17 in rebounds.
Overall, Lynn shot 42.6 percent from the field in its seventh win of the SSC season. Berry had a team-high 18 points. Harrison was the only other Fighting Knight to score in double figures with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals. Wilson had six points, five rebounds and four steals including the game-winner.
Lynn returns home to host Tampa on Wednesday, February 4. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm against the Spartans in the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center. Fans can follow the action live by logging on to LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.