Melbourne, Fla. – A massive 20-point outburst from freshman Jamal Palmer in the second half and a clutch go-ahead trey from Ben Berry in the final minute granted Lynn University's men's basketball team a critical comeback win Wednesday night as the Fighting Knights downed Florida Tech, 82-79.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 82, Florida Tech 79
Records: Lynn (11-12, 5-9 SSC), Florida Tech (13-13, 5-10 SSC)
Location: Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 31-20 all-time
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Fred Landers knocked down his first two 3-point attempts on the night to get the Fighting Knights rolling with an early 10-9 lead.
- Following the opening media timeout, Florida Tech would take over and hold the lead up until the final minute of the contest.
- Turnovers plagued the next segment of the game as the scoring slowed down on both sides.
- With 9:30 left in the opening period, Florida Tech's Corbin Jackson threw down a fastbreak slam that kickstarted a 15-0 tear for the Panthers, opening up the largest advantage of the game (32-14).
- Allen Baez converted triples on consecutive Lynn possessions surrounding the five-minute mark to get his squad back in the game. The Panthers took a 41-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
- Landers led the Blue & White with eight points while the Panthers had two scorers in double figures.
- Vieux Kande got involved on both ends of the floor early in the second chapter and Berry flushed two more treys to cut the deficit to three points, 47-44.
- The Panthers garnered a handful of additional seven-point leads but couldn't pull back away from Lynn.
- Palmer then found his touch midway through the second half, fearlessly driving through the paint on fastbreaks and finishing with ease at the basket.
- With 5:08 left in the contest, Palmer drained his second three of the night to provoke a 69-69 tie, the first tie since the opening minutes of the first half.
- Florida Tech retook the advantage but Lynn remained close with success at the charity stripe.
- Russell Wilson and Berry closed in and smothered Florida Tech's Sam Daniel into committing a costly turnover with just over a minute to play. On the next Lynn possession, Baez made a cut at the top of the key and kicked it out to Berry for the go-ahead 3-pointer (79-77).
- Another crucial mishap on the next possession gave the ball back to Lynn with 25 ticks remaining, as Palmer iced the victory from the foul-line in the remaining seconds.
- Palmer led all scorers on the night, tallying all of his career-high 20 points in the second half. He finished 7-of-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
- Berry was locked in from long range, knocking down 5-of-9 to account for all 15 of his points. The senior added two steals, two assists and two boards.
- After a down performance over the weekend, Landers bounced back with 14 points before fouling out.
- Kande fell just short of a double-double with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds in his second consecutive start.
- Wilson and Baez chipped in eight points each and combined for 11 of the team's 16 assists.
- Both sides executed clean shooting performances with each team shooting over 50-percent from the field.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn posted season-highs in field-goal (51.8) and 3-point (47.8) shooting percentages.
- The Fighting Knights snapped a four-game skid while evening up the regular-season series with Florida Tech, 1-1.
- Lynn registered its first win this season when recording more turnovers than assists.
The Fighting Knights return home this weekend to host Rollins College on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. The game can be watched live at LynnFightingKnights.com.