No. 10 Barry Pulls Away from Men’s Basketball

No. 10 Barry Pulls Away from Men’s Basketball

Miami Shores, Fla. – The high-octane offense of the 10th-ranked Barry University men's basketball team was too much to handle on Wednesday night for visiting Lynn University as the Fighting Knights fell in the first Sunshine State Conference tilt of the season, 94-68.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #10 Barry 94, Lynn 68                                                                                                              
Records: #10 Barry (2-1, 1-0 SSC), Lynn (1-1, 0-1 SSC)
Location: Health and Sports Center | Miami Shores, Fla.
All-time Series: Barry leads 27-25
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half
  • The Fighting Knights grabbed the first buckets of the game – a pair of layups from Kevin O'Brien and Jamal Palmer – with Barry responding from long range. Lynn's 7-6 advantage 2:16 into the game would be its final lead of the night. 
  • Terrell Rogers sank a pair of free throws to knot the game at 12-12 with 12 minutes to play in the opening half. The Bucs then poured in 10 straight, including two connections from beyond the arc, to open up the scoring.
  • Barry closed out on a 9-2 run to take a 47-29 lead into the half.
  • The Bucs were locked in from the field, shooting 61.5 percent. Rogers and Marquan Botley carried Lynn with eight points apiece while Vieux Kande brought in seven rebounds.

Second Half

  • Lynn looked much sharper in the early going of the second stanza, but the Bucs always had an answer. The Blue and White started the half on a 10-2 tear fueled by the backcourt and a couple of finishes around the rim from Botley.
  • The deficit was trimmed down to nine (65-56) after Jamal Palmer swiped the ball and found Kevin O'Brien for a triple with just under 10 minutes to play.
  • The game took a chippy turn from there with multiple technical fouls getting handed out and the rhythm coming to a halt. Barry's packed house awoke to help garner the momentum for the home team as the Bucs pulled away down the stretch.
STATS OF THE GAME:
  • The starting trio in the backcourt carried the load, combining for 44 points and three of the four Fighting Knights in double figures.
  • Botley dropped in a team-high 18 points while Rogers was perfect at the charity stripe (6-of-6) and finished with 16 points, four boards and a team-high three assists.
  • Palmer added 10 points and tallied a game-high four steals. O'Brien knocked down two from long range in his 11-point, seven-rebound effort.
  • Barry's Elvar Fridriksson picked up right where he left off last year with 12 assists while Sawyer Glick poured in a game-high 21 off the bench.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • The reserves played a crucial role as Barry led Lynn in bench points, 32-11.
  • Botley's team-high in points comes during his Blue and White regular-season debut.
  • Barry worked 15 different players into the game.

UP NEXT:
Lynn will host its conference-home opener this Saturday, Nov. 19, when the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish come to town at 4 p.m.