Upset Alert! Men’s Basketball Stuns No. 9 Drury in Classic Finale

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Undefeated and ninth-ranked Drury University was hot coming into the finale of the Lynn University Boca Raton Holiday Classic on Saturday night, winning its first nine contests of the season and putting up nearly 85 points per game. The Fighting Knights' men's basketball squad didn't back down however, securing a resilient 57-56 victory over the visiting Panthers. Lynn has now won four straight games and picked up its first victory over a top-10 team in over six years.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 57, #9 Drury 56
Records: Lynn (6-4), #9 Drury (9-1)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 1-0
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half
  • The sides traded buckets early, both inside and from long range, but Drury found itself up eight at the late first media timeout of the night (13:59).
  • A mix of Panthers got involved over the next stint as Drury knocked down five straight attempts from the floor to build a 15-point edge – the largest margin of the half.
  • Marquan Botley flushed a long-range bomb while getting knocked to the floor and Jamal Palmer would follow it up with a trey of his own to initiate a nine-point swing for the Fighting Knights.
  • The Panthers went nearly eight minutes without adding a point, but converted the last jumper of the half to lead the Blue and White at the break, 31-25.
  • Drury doubled up Lynn in paint points, 16-8, and had two players surpass double figures.

Second Half

  • The Fighting Knights exploded coming out of the half, going on an 11-0 tear (six from Palmer) to secure a five-point advantage before the first timeout.
  • Both offenses fell cold for the next five and a half minutes until the sides locked in at a 41-41 tie with 8:23 to play.
  • The Panthers broke the tie and inched ahead as the Fighting Knights missed a handful of inside second chances. Freshman Juwan Frazier connected from long range however, to put his squad in front, 46-45.
  • Following a 51-51 tie, Botley weaved through defenders and took it to the hole for a two-point lead. On the ensuing possession, a costly foul on a made-three pointer put the Panthers in position to occupy the driver's seat, but the four-point play attempt fell short.
  • Lynn and Drury flew down the court and traded two-point plays, starting with another Botley lay-in and followed up by a Terrell Rogers floater down the middle.
  • Rogers' jumper put Lynn up 57-56 with 1:35 to play, and that would hold as the game-winner as turnovers and missed chances at the charity stripe plagued the remainder of the contest. Drury's three-point attempt at the buzzer was well-contested by two Lynn defenders and fell short.
STATS OF THE GAME:
  • Palmer came off the bench to lead the Blue and White with 17 points on 50-percent shooting. The sophomore has scored in double figures every game this season and has boasted the team-high in points in four of the last five contests.
  • Botley and Kevin O'Brien each chipped in 12 points apiece, with O'Brien also tacking on seven boards and two blocks.
  • Douglas Moore led the Panthers with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • The Lynn defense completely shut down the Panthers' main scoring threat, junior guard Tevin Foster, who came into the night averaging over 18 points and nearly five assists per game. Foster played all but two minutes in the contest and finished with two points, two assists and four turnovers. 
  • Lynn last defeated a top-10 team in the 2010-11 season, besting No. 6 Alabama-Huntsville, 85-77.
  • The Panthers played on the road for the first time this weekend. Their first eight games of the season were on their home floor.
  • Moore's double-double was the first from any Panther so far this season. Lynn has notched five on the year (Vieux Kande-3, O'Brien-2).

UP NEXT:
With the Boca Raton Holiday Classic coming to a close, the Fighting Knights will have the holiday off until returning to their home floor on Friday, Dec. 30, for a 7:30 p.m. conference matchup against Florida Tech.