Palmer, Rogers Lift Men’s Basketball to First League Victory

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Reciprocating 16-point halves from Jamal Palmer and Terrell Rogers on Saturday helped guide the Lynn University men's basketball team to an 80-68 victory over host Nova Southeastern University. The triumph marks the first Sunshine State Conference win of the young season for the Fighting Knights.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 80, Nova Southeastern 68
Records: Lynn (3-4, 1-3 SSC), Nova Southeastern (2-5, 1-4 SSC)
Location: NSU Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 21-16
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half
  • Palmer came out on fire, scoring nine of Lynn's first 11 points to secure an 11-5 edge at the first media timeout.
  • Nearly 10 minutes into the game, Palmer was already up to 14 points and had yet to miss any shot attempts.
  • The Sharks went on a 5-0 swing with under seven minutes to play to cut Lynn's lead to five (28-23), but the Fighting Knights responded with six straight to regain the cushion.
  • Nova brought it back down to a three-point game late in the opening half. Lynn called a timeout with 14 seconds left, drew up an inbounds play and Rogers executed, knocking down a jumper from the top of the key as time expired. Lynn led 36-31 at the break.
  • Lynn bested Nova in second-chance points, 11-0.

Second Half

  • Missed inside shots plagued the Fighting Knights at the onset of the second period, allowing the Sharks to tie up the score at 38-38.
  • Nova's Dwayne Gibson knocked down a three to make it a 45-44 game in favor of Lynn at the 14:09 mark, but the Fighting Knights would respond on a 16-5 tear over the next four and half minutes, powered by a pair of triples from Rogers.
  • A foul on a three-point attempt with under four minutes left brought the game close again as NSU flushed all three to cut the deficit to four, 66-62.
  • From there, the Sharks would convert just one more attempt from the field as the Blue and White sealed the 12-point victory with solid free-throw shooting down the stretch.
  • Rogers finished 6-of-8 from the charity stripe in the second half.
STATS OF THE GAME:
  • Palmer tacked on six points in the second half to finish with a game-high 22. He also saw a game-high 36 minutes of action, recording six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
  • Coming off the bench, Rogers' strong second-half showing brought him to 20 points for the game. He added two assists and a career-high five steals.
  • Kevin O'Brien and Marquan Botley rounded out the Fighting Knights in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. O'Brien was second on the team with seven rebounds and Botley recorded three assists.
  • Vieux Kande dominated the boards yet again, hauling in a game-high 14 rebounds. He chipped in eight points and one of Lynn's two blocks.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • Kande has recorded double-digit rebounds in four of the team's eight games so far this season. He currently leads the league with 11.6 per game. 
  • Lynn's dominance in the turnover battle was key, forcing NSU into 23 turnovers while committing only 10.
  • Lynn also led big in the steals department, 15-6. The team's 15 steals is a single-game season-high. The Fighting Knights also recorded a season-high 16 assists.
  • Nova's lead at 5-4 would end up being its last for the afternoon. The Sharks have now lost three straight games.

UP NEXT:
Lynn will host Miles College on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in nonconference action before the Boca Raton Holiday Classic over the weekend. Tipoff vs. Miles is at 7:30 p.m. with the Holiday Hoops tailgate taking place before the game at 6:30 p.m. outside the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center.