Tampa, Fla. – A 28-12 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half put the Tampa Spartans in front before the halftime break and gave the home side enough momentum to hand the Lynn University men's basketball team an 87-64 setback in the regular-season finale. Marquan Botley flushed another handful of three-pointers to lead the Fighting Knights' scoring efforts with 21 points.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Tampa 87, Lynn 64
Records: Tampa (17-11, 10-8 SSC), Lynn (13-13, 8-10 SSC)
Location: Bob Martinez Athletic Center | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 24-19
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Botley went 5-for-12 from beyond the arc for a game-high 21 points and added two assists.
- Jamal Palmer reached 11 points and three boards before fouling out early.
- Vieux Kande tied the game-high with eight boards, adding six points on 3-of-4 shooting.
- Juwan Frazier and Terrell Rogers combined for 15 points off the bench. Rogers notched all eight of his in the second half while Frazier also chipped in three steals and two assists.
- Tampa saw five players score in double figures, led by Austin Rettig's 19 on 8-of-11 shooting. Pat Bacon had a 13-point, 10-assist double-double.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn and Tampa split the season series. In Boca Raton, the Fighting Knights mounted an incredible second-half comeback before downing the 19th-ranked Spartans in overtime.
- Over the past four games, Botley has shot 26-of-47 from long range (55.3%).
- The Lynn offense was held under 65 points for the first time in a month.
- Lynn ends the conference slate in a tie for sixth place with Florida Southern but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with a season sweep over the Mocs, garnering the No. 6 seed for next week's SSC Tournament.
- Lynn will play Rollins in the 3-vs-6 matchup for the second consecutive postseason. The Fighting Knights upset the Tars last year, 85-72, behind a career-high 32 points from senior Ben Berry.
As the sixth seed, Lynn will travel to No. 3 seed Rollins on Wednesday, March 1 for the first round of the SSC Tournament at 7:30 p.m.