Winter Park, Fla. – Following a 15-15 tie in the early parts of the first half, a detrimental 10-0 run forced Lynn University's men's basketball team to fight back the remainder of the game on Wednesday night, ultimately falling to Rollins College in Sunshine State Conference play, 85-69.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Rollins 85, Lynn 69
Records: Rollins (10-4, 3-2 SSC), Lynn (6-6, 1-5 SSC)
Location: Harold & Ted Alfond Sports Center (Warden Arena) | Winter Park, Fla.
Series: Rollins leads 24-14 (last meeting Jan. 31, 2015)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Rollins capitalized on its first attempt from the floor and jumped out to a 7-2 lead.
- Ben Berry dialed in from long range, knocking down consecutive triples before a Fred Landers three-bomb knotted the score at 15.
- Following the 15-15 tie, Rollins turned up the pressure and embarked on a 10-0 spurt that the Fighting Knights would never be able to recover from for the remainder of the game.
- Berry and Landers would each convert one more trey before the half as Lynn trailed by 10 (41-31) at the break.
- Rollins notched the first six points of the second stanza to open up a 16-point advantage.
- Pavle Raickovic entered the game off the bench and provided an immediate spark down low, converting inside shots on three consecutive offensive possessions for Lynn.
- Landers' third 3-pointer of the night at the 11:06 mark cut the deficit to eight (58-50), but that was as close as the Blue & White would come for the final quarter of the game.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Landers was perfect from long range (3-for-3) and at the charity stripe (6-of-6) to help notch a game-high 21 points, He also chipped in five boards and two assists.
- All four of Berry's made field goals in the contest come from beyond the arc, paired with a set of free throws for 14 points.
- Russell Wilson yet again produced a balanced stat line featuring seven points, five rebounds and a team-high six assists.
- Raickovic and David Johnson finished with eight points each and combined for seven boards.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Landers scored over 20 points for the fifth time this season and hasn't scored less than 15 in any game during his senior campaign.
- Lynn's 78.3-percent performance at the free-throw line was a season-high.
- Save for one tie score (15-15), Rollins controlled the lead the entire game.
Lynn returns home this Saturday, Jan. 9 to square off against the University of Tampa in SSC action at 4 p.m.