Bombs Away! Men’s Basketball Downs Miles from Long Range

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University men's basketball team knocked down 13 three-pointers on Tuesday night, one shy of the school record, in an 81-65 nonconference triumph over Miles College. Kevin O'Brien led the way with a career-high 22 points behind a 6-of-12 effort from beyond the arc and rounded out a double-double with a game-high 12 rebounds.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 81, Miles 65
Records: Lynn (4-4), Miles (2-6)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 2-0
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half

  • The first half was a low-scoring affair from both sides, but Lynn's efficiency from downtown gave a slight edge.
  • Lynn's first two buckets on the night were three-pointers as the home side jumped out to a 6-1 lead.
  • Following a 6-6 tie, the Fighting Knights utilized a trio of triples to embark on an 11-2 run and open up a nine-point advantage halfway through the first stanza.
  • At the 7:28 mark, Miles grabbed its first lead of the night, 20-19, and made it a four-point cushion two minutes later.
  • O'Brien closed out the first half with a pair of treys as Lynn regained the lead and went into the locker room up 32-28. Miles dominated inside however, outscoring Lynn in the paint, 14-2. Lynn finished 8-of-15 from three in the opening half.

Second Half

  • The sides traded inside buckets and free throws to keep the game close at the onset of the second half. 
  • A Darius James slam at the 13:15 mark put the Blue and White up double digits for the first time of the night, 48-38.
  • Back-to-back bombs from O'Brien and Terrell Rogers granted Lynn a comfortable 17-point edge with under four minutes to go (74-57).
  • Lynn matched its opposition inside the paint in the second period and created 15 points of Golden Bear miscues.
 

STATS OF THE GAME:

  • O'Brien led all players on the floor in both scoring (22) and rebounding (12) – both career-highs. The redshirt-sophomore chipped in two assists, two steals and a block.
  • Vieux Kande continues to dominate the glass, bringing in 10 boards, while nearing a double-double with eight points. He added a career-high four assists and tied his personal-best with three steals.
  • Marquan Botley facilitated the offense, dishing a career-high seven assists. Botley and Jamal Palmer each chipped in 13 points while Rogers finished with 10 off the bench.
  • The Golden Bears held higher field-goal and free-throw shooting percentages, but the Fighting Knights' long-range game carried the weight.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • Lynn's 13 made three-pointers is tied for the fifth most all-time in a single game and the most since 2013. The record of 14 triples has happened on four occasions.
  • Miles' 65 points is the second-lowest the Lynn defense has surrendered this season.
  • Kande has hauled in double-digit rebounds in five of the team's eight contests so far this year.
  • The Blue and White distributed a season-high 20 assists.
  • Last season, Lynn played Miles for the first time ever in what turned out to be an offensive shootout going down to the final buzzer. Lynn sank three free throws in the final 22 seconds to go up 95-93. Miles had a potential game-winning three-point attempt at the buzzer but it clanked off the back of the rim.

UP NEXT:
Lynn remains home this weekend for its annual Boca Raton Holiday Classic. The Fighting Knights will first battle Pace University on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m.