Men’s Basketball Falls to Tritons Despite Lockdown Defense

Men’s Basketball Falls to Tritons Despite Lockdown Defense

St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Lynn University men's basketball team fell to conference opponent Eckerd College on Wednesday night, 73-56, despite Jamal Palmer and Marquan Botley's double-digit scoring performance.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP: 
Final: Eckerd 73, Lynn 56
Records: Lynn (2-4, 0-3 SSC), Eckerd (6-2, 1-1 SSC)  
Location: McArthur Center | St. Petersburg, Fla.
All-time Series: Eckerd leads 28-15
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  •  First Half
    • Both defenses came to play, as each offense was held to less than 36% from the floor (Lynn – 36.0%, Eckerd – 34.4%).
    • Each team also appeared to have the plan to stick to perimeter play and guard scoring, as the Fighting Knights put up 13 shots from beyond the arc and The Tritons let nine fly from downtown, but only a total of five went in between the two teams, resulting in the low scoring affair in the first half.
    • Neither team went on a run any longer than 5-0, as the action was back-and-forth each way, resulting in a 27-27 halftime score. 
  •  Second Half
    • As previously mentioned, each team went in with a plan to utilize guard play on the perimeter, and one team stuck to the plan, but one team went to the driving lane for more efficient point production. That proved to be the difference as Eckerd outscored Lynn in the paint 18-10 in the second half, and the Fighting Knights were outrebounded 50-25.
    • The Tritons went on a 14-2 run in the second half that proved to be too much for the Blue and White to overcome.

 STATS FROM THE GAME:

  • Palmer led the squad with 13 points to go along with three rebounds, an assist and two steals.
  • Botley was second on the team in scoring with 11 points, then padded the stat sheet with two boards and an assist.
  • The Fighting Knights did an excellent job of forcing turnovers (17) while limiting their own (8).
  • Recorded 10 steals on the night, compared to only giving up three.
  • The Blue and White were able to capitalize on the 17 turnovers created by scoring 16 off of them.
  • 25 of the team's 56 points came off the bench.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • This marks the fourth consecutive game that Palmer and Botley were the leading scorers for the Fighting Knights.
  • Four players on the roster scored five or more points.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights will hit the road for the fourth consecutive time on Saturday, Dec. 10, with a scheduled game against Nova Southeastern. Tipoff set for 4 p.m.