Miami Shores, Fla. – Despite a tremendous individual effort from senior Denzel Richardson in the second half to close a substantial deficit, Lynn University's men's basketball team was unable to keep up with 21st-ranked Barry University on Wednesday night as the Fighting Knights fell in a high-scoring affair, 109-101.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 21 Barry 109, Lynn 101
Records: Lynn (3-3, 0-3 SSC), Barry (6-1, 1-1 SSC)
Location: Health and Sports Center | Miami Shores, Fla.
Series: Series tied at 25-25 (last meeting 2015 NCAA tournament)
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- Buckets from David Johnson and Dante Scholl put the Fighting Knights on the board first, but an ensuing 3-for-3 trip to the foul line started the scoring for Barry.
- A Russell Wilson layup gave Lynn a 10-9 advantage at the 16:35 mark, but that would stand as the last lead of the game for the away side.
- Jamal Palmer scored nine first-half points and Fred Landers dropped in eight to keep Lynn within striking distance throughout the first frame.
- Barry's Anders Hass hit his third trey of the half with no time left on the clock, a fading rainbow from long range that sent Lynn into the locker room trailing 52-43 (largest lead of the half).
- Barry carried the momentum into the second stanza, quickly expanding its lead to 20 (67-47).
- Richardson hit his first field goal of the night at the 15:06 mark in the second half, and would completely dial in from beyond the arc for the rest of the game to bring the Fighting Knights back into contention.
- With 9:34 left and Lynn trailing 74-64, Pavle Raickovic popped a trey for his first points of the season, followed by Richardson knocking down triples on three consecutive offensive possessions to cap off a 16-6 tear that cut the deficit to two.
- The Bucs were able to regain their cushion and held the Blue & White away for the win by converting free throws down the stretch.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Richardson scored all of his season-high 20 points in the second half, shooting 6-of-9 from long range and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe. He also chipped in two steals and two boards.
- Landers had his fourth consecutive high-scoring outing, finishing with 19 points without missing a free-throw attempt (6-6).
- Johnson added 15 points and five rebounds while Palmer scored 13.
- Vieux Kande fell shy of the double-double with nine points and a team-high eight boards. Wilson produced a balanced game with seven points, seven rebounds and six assists.
- Barry was led in scoring by Yunio Barrueta (31) and Adrian Gonzalez (29). Elvar Fridriksson tallied 12 assists.
- Last time these two teams met, Lynn knocked Barry out of the 2015 NCAA Tournament in the second round. Barry won both of the regular season matchups last year.
- Coming into the season, Barry and Lynn were the top-two favorites in the SSC.
- Barry recorded assists on 25 of their 39 made field goals.
- The Fighting Knights scored and surrendered its most points in a game so far this season. Their 44.4-percent clip from long range is a season-high.
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