Botley Goes Off for 31 as Men's Basketball Extinguishes Flames in Jay McCormick Classic

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Lynn University men's basketball team used white-hot shooting from beyond the arc and a career-high 31-point performance from Marquan Botley to down the Lee University Flames, 79-69, in the second game of the Jay McCormick Classic on Sunday afternoon.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP: 
Final: Lynn 79, Lee 69
Records: Lynn (2-3), Lee (3-2)
Location: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 1-0
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • First Half
    • The Fighting Knights came out hot, going on a 13-2 run to start the game. Jamal Palmer picked up where he left off, scoring eight of the first 11 points for the Fighting Knights.
    • Lee came out of the first time out and responded with a 10-3 run of its own. But a Vieux Kande layup doused the Flames as Lynn held a 31-20 advantage.
    • The Blue & White let the ball fly from downtown, with five different players recording eight total baskets from three-point territory in the first half.
    • Botley led the 3-point barrage with three of the team's eight baskets from deep.
    • Lee threatened the Lynn lead with under a minute left in the half, but Juwan Frazier's second three of the half put the Fighting Knights up at the intermission, 41-30.
  •  Second Half
    • An opening turnover from Lee and intense Lynn defense showed tenacity out of the locker room that the defensive success would continue from the first half.
    • Botley recorded his fourth and fifth three-pointer of the game in back to back possessions to force Lee into an early second half time out as the Fighting Knights held the 48-31 lead with 17:20 to play.
    • A 15-3 run from Lee cut the lead to single digits, 51-46, with 9:28 to play in the game.
    • Lee kept chipping away at the Blue and White lead, and tied the game for the first time since tipoff, 53-53 with 7:30 to play. The Flames took their first lead of the game at the 7:00 minute mark, 55-53.
    • Botley took back the lead immediately 56-55, with his sixth three-pointer of the day, then Palmer followed with a traditional three-point play, putting the Fighting Knights up 59-55 with 6:15 to go.
    • Back-and-forth scoring for each team lasted the next three minutes of game time, with Lynn scoring, and Lee finding a way to respond.
    • The Fighting Knights outscored Lee 16-7 in the final two minutes, 11 of those points coming from the charity stripe that would secure Lynn with its second victory of the young season.

 STATS FROM THE GAME:

  • Botley recorded a career-high 31 points, thanks to 7-of-11 shooting from three-point land, and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, in addition to two rebounds two steals and an assist.
  • Palmer kept the hot hand from last night's performance, scoring 12 points in the first half, and finished second on the team in scoring with 17 on the afternoon. He also contributed three steals, two assists and a rebound to the squad's victory.
  • Frazier was the third player on the Blue and White to put up a double-digit scoring effort, finishing with 10 points to go along with three assists and two boards.
  • Free throws played a major key in finishing out the Fighting Knight victory, as Lynn hit 23-of-27 (85.2%) down the stretch while Lee finished 18-of-26 (69.2%).

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Darius James makes his first collegiate start in the Blue and White, recording four points, four rebounds and a steal.
  • Palmer played a major offensive role this weekend, averaging 21 points per game in the Jay McCormick Classic.
  • Eight of 10 players in the Blue and White uniform scored at least two points.
  • Last time a player scored 30-plus points was Ben Berry on March 2, 2016 against Rollins when he put up 32.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights will hit the road on Wednesday, Nov. 30 with a scheduled game against Eckerd. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm.