West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Lynn University men's basketball team was unable to utilize a 17-point second-half outburst from Jamal Palmer as it fell to Valdosta State 101-93 on Saturday afternoon. Palmer ended with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Vieux Kande posted another double-double contributing 13 points and 12 rebounds.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Valdosta State 101, Lynn 93
Records: Valdosta State (4-0), Lynn (1-3)
Location: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.
Series: Lynn is 1-8 against Valdosta State (last meeting 2013)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- First Half
- Vieux Kande kept the Fighting Knights in the game early as he scored five quick points, and played a key role, leading the squad with seven rebounds in the first half.
- The Blue and White kept an efficient 44.8% scoring pace, but Valdosta State let the ball fly from downtown, hitting 7-of-15 from long range.
- Turnovers ended up hurting Lynn, as it lost the ball 14 times, allowing the Blazers to score 15 points off Lynn's miscues.
- The Lynn guard play stepped up, with fast-paced playmaking ability from Palmer and Malik Morrow. Each ended the half leading the Fighting Knights with eight points apiece.
- The squad entered the locker room down to Valdosta State 48-34.
- Second Half
- The Blue and White came out of the locker room on a mission, going on a 11-0 run to cut the lead down to five, 52-47 with 14:49 to play in the game.
- Marquan Botley came out of the under 12 media timeout, breathing life into the Fighting Knight offense, beginning on a four-point play off a corner three, cutting the lead to 11, 66-55. Botley fueled the comeback attempt, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half.
- The Blue & White cut the lead to single digits with 8:30 left, but still trailed 72-64. The back-and-forth scoring continued as the Blazers hit a three-pointer to cut the energy out of the Lynn offensive surge.
- Lynn eventually cut the lead down to seven with 1:20 on the clock, but the late push would not be enough to take the contest from Valdosta State.
STATS FROM THE GAME:
- Palmer came off the bench, posting a career-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 6-of-9 from the free-throw line as well as grabbing three rebounds.
- Botley ended with 17 points, two boards, two assists and a steal.
- Kande recorded his fourth-consecutive double-double on a 13 point, 12 rebound performance, that included four blocks.
- Valdosta State trumped Lynn 45.5% to 23.3% from beyond the arc.
- The Fighting Knights outrebounded the Blazers 41 to 27 with 18 of Lynn's 41 boards coming on the offensive end of the ball.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Kande has now posted a double-double in three of Lynn's four regular season contests. His 13-point night ties his season high, last scoring the bakers-dozen against Florida Memorial.
- Palmer's 25 points is a career-best.
- Both sides featured 10 players who saw the floor.
The Fighting Knights will take on Lee for game two in the Jay McCormick Classic tomorrow, Nov. 27 in West Palm Beach, Fla. with tipoff slated for 2:00 pm.