Johnson Catches Fire, Scores Career-High in Men’s Basketball Season-Opening Victory

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's men's basketball team took down Ave Maria 84-52 in the team's season-opener at the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center on Saturday night. The Fighting Knights improve to 3-0 in season-openers since head coach Jeff Price's return and 9-0 overall under the originator of the Fighting Knights program. David Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 27 points.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final:
Lynn 84, Ave Maria 52
Records: Lynn (1-0), Ave Maria (0-4)
Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 2-0 (Last meeting 2012)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half

  • Martrez Harris gave Ave Maria its only lead of the game, 2-0, off a jump shot after the tip-off.
  • The Fighting Knights evened the score off a David Johnson shot and went on a 19-5 run sparked by scoring from Johnson, Ben Berry, Jamal Palmer and Donnavan Hastings.
  • Johnson scored 12 of team's 15 points to start the game.
  • The Gyrenes followed, though, with a 10-5 run to close the gap to 21-15 with 9:14 remaining in the opening half.
  • Lynn extended its lead into double-digits, 32-24, with an Allen Baez layup only to have Ave Maria end the half trailing 43-34.

Second Half

  • The Gyrenes opened the second half with three quick points from Exor Torres to make it a six-point Lynn advantage (43-37).
  • The turning point in the game came 51 seconds into the half as a three-pointer by Denzel Richardson, his first basket of the game, sparked a 15-3 run and put Lynn ahead 58-39.
  • Vieux Kande exercised his dominance in the paint, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 boards in the second half of competition.
  • Plagued by foul-trouble in the opening half, Ben Berry would drain a pair of three's to push Lynn's lead to 53-43 with 9:55 remaining.
STAT OF THE GAME:
  • David Johnson scored a career-high 27 points in 26 minutes on 11-of-16 shooting. Johnson also snagged nine rebounds.
  • Vieux Kande recorded the first double-double for the Fighting Knights this season, putting up 17 points and grabbing 16 rebounds while adding three blocked shots.
  • Ben Barry scored 13 points, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Blue & White scored 22 points off turnovers, while the Gyrenes only recorded a point off Lynn's turnovers.
  • Lynn converted 19 of its points on second chances.
  • The Fighting Knights outrebounded the Gyrenes, 57-52.
  • Lynn is 18-5 all-time in season-openers.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights are back on the hardwood on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when they travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to play Nova Southeastern in their first Sunshine Conference game of the season. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 pm and can be watched live at LynnFightingKnights.com.