Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Lynn University's men's basketball team took control of the game early on Wednesday night against Nova Southeastern University, dominating the boards and finishing inside. A late run at the end of the first half brought the Sharks back into it, as the home team carried the momentum into the second half to defeat the Fighting Knights in the first Sunshine State Conference game of the season, 88-84.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Nova Southeastern 88, Lynn 84
Records: Nova Southeastern (2-0, 1-0 SSC), Lynn (1-1, 0-1 SSC)
Location: The Arena at the Don Taft University Center| Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 19-16 (last meeting 2015)
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- The Fighting Knights developed a presence inside early behind back-to-back dunks from Denzel Richardson and David Johnson. Fred Landers went 3-for-3 from down low to start off the contest up 17-11.
- Jamal Palmer came off the bench and provided an immediate spark. On his first defensive possession, Palmer swiped the ball at half court and finished off the play with a reverse layup. The first-year guard grabbed two more steals within the next 33 seconds to garner the momentum for Lynn.
- Lynn secured its largest lead of the game (33-20) with just under nine minutes to go, but the home team rallied on a 14-3 run to close the deficit back to two. Ben Berry knocked down a triple late to send his squad into the locker room holding a 47-45 lead.
- Palmer (12), Berry (10) and Richardson (10) all closed out the first stanza in double figures as the Blue & White outscored the Sharks in the paint, 22-8.
- With 11:54 left in the second half, the Sharks secured their first lead of the game (62-61) since the 17:10 mark in the 1st half (8-7).
- Nova nailed back-to-back threes to push their lead to 84-76, but the Blue & White countered with clutch plays around the basket. Landers dropped in three buckets, Richardson flushed a breakaway dunk and Russell Wilson found Palmer for a short-range jumper to bring the game back within reach.
- With a two-point lead and only a few seconds separating the shot clock and the game clock, NSU held the ball for a final play. Chris Page drove the lane, banking a layup over two Lynn defenders to seal the deal with under 10 seconds to play.
STATS OF THE MATCH:
- Lynn featured four players scoring in double figures.
- Palmer shot 5-for-9 from the field for 17 points, while Berry utilized a 9-of-10 effort from the charity stripe to reach 17 and completed the double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds.
- Landers dropped in 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Richardson finished with 14 points.
- Wilson (6) and Berry (5) combined for 11 of the team's 17 assists.
- Lynn won the battle inside, holding an advantage over NSU in rebounds (45-37) and points in the paint (36-24).
- The Sharks received nearly half of their points from off the bench.
Lynn returns home to face the defending national champions, Florida Southern, this Saturday, Nov. 21 at 4:00 p.m. inside the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. Fans can watch the game live at LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-game updates by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.