Botley’s Three-Point Barrage Fuels Men’s Basketball Overtime Triumph

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior Marquan Botley's school-record-tying nine three-pointers helped guide the Lynn University men's basketball team to a 102-94 overtime victory over Florida Tech on Friday night in Sunshine State Conference action. Botley's 31 points highlighted five double-digit scoring outputs from the Fighting Knights as the squad picked up its fifth consecutive win.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 102, Florida Tech 94 (OT)
Records:  Lynn (7-4, 2-3 SSC), Florida Tech (9-5, 3-3 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads the series, 32-20 (last met in 2016)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
First Half
  • An Allen Baez takeover of six points in two minutes helped Lynn to go on a 12-5 run capped off by an and-1 play by Terrell Rogers, giving Lynn a 17-11 lead with 11:27 left in the first.
  • The Panthers fought back, embarking on an 11-4 run to cut their deficit to 34-30 with 1:48 left in the first.
  • Seven quick points from Rogers in the last minute of play helped spark a 10-2 run for the Fighting Knights, keeping their lead at 44-32. A jumper in the lane from Jordan Majors at the buzzer would send the sides into the locker room with Lynn holding a 44-34 lead.
Second Half
  • The home team would get hot quick as it pulled its lead to as large as 17 thanks to an 11-3 scoring outburst the was finished off by a two-handed throw-down from Darius James. The Fighting Knights went up 58-41 with 13:41 left in the second half.
  • Florida Tech would not go out without a fight as a Patrick Anderson layup sparked a fast 16-3 run ending with an Anderson three to cut its deficit to three, 66-63, with 5:59 remaining in the second.
  • The turning point for the Panthers came on a Majors three that catapulted an 11-0 run, giving them just their second lead of the night at 78-77 with 1:17 on the clock. Four quick free-throws from Lynn allowed it to go up three, 81-78, however, that lead would be short lived as an Antonis Pefanis three pointer would tie things up 81-81 with 41-seconds remaining.
  • A midrange jumper from Rogers at the 19-second mark provided Lynn with a short lived lead as Majors stormed down the court to convert a contested layup with nine seconds left that would send the game into overtime tied 83-83.
Overtime
  • The Blue and White began to pull away thanks to a 13-6 scoring push with contributions coming from Botley (nine points on three three's) and James (four points). Botley finished the extra period with 11 points – matching Florida Tech's total – as the Fighting Knights closed out the win.
STATS OF THE GAME:
  • Botley led the scoring on the night with 31 points, including going 9-of-14 from three-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
  • Off the bench, Rogers put up 22 points while going 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. The Charlotte, N.C. native also snagged three rebounds and three assists.
  • Two Fighting Knights recorded double-doubles with James having a 15-point, 12-rebound night and O'Brien's tallying 13 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Baez also scored in double-digits along with distributing six assists and grabbing five boards.
  • The squad held an advantage in rebounds (48-36), assists (18-10) and blocks (4-3).
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
  • With nine made three-pointers, Botley tied the school record for made treys in a game. He ties the record held by Chris Hall held since March 3, 2008 in a game also against Florida Tech.
  • James put up career-highs in both points and rebounds.
  • Botley has now put up 31 points in two contests this season. His last 31-point performance came in the 79-69 victory over Lee (Nov. 27).
  • The last time Lynn broke the 100-point mark was last season in the 100-89 win against Florida Southern (Jan. 23).
  • The team's previous overtime win was on Jan. 10, 2015 when they took down Eckerd 71-67.
UP NEXT: 
The Fighting Knights now will host Florida Southern on Wednesday, Jan. 4, with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.