BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's men's basketball team led from wire-to-wire on Saturday evening in a balanced Sunshine State Conference victory over the University of Tampa, 73-56. Five players notched double digits in the scoring column, led by Brandon Bornelus' 21 points and a double-double from Michael Baez.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 73, Tampa 56
Records: Lynn (9-8, 6-5 SSC), Tampa (7-10, 3-8 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 25-20
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Bornelus was locked in from beyond the arc, tying his career-high with a 5-for-7 effort from long distance. He secured his second career 20-point game, finishing with 21 points, three assists and a steal.
- With 10 points and 10 rebounds (five offensive) off the bench, Baez locks in his first double-double with the Blue and White. His 10 boards are a career-best at Lynn.
- Jamal Palmer hit double figures for the eighth time in the past nine games, utilizing a 5-for-5 effort at the free-throw line for 13 points while stuffing the stat sheet with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
- Ryan Peterson struggled from distance but found his rhythm in the midrange game for 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
- Rasheed Worrell shot 5-of-9 from the field – primarily guarded by Tampa's 7-foot-1 center Nikola Marijan – to notch 10 points and round out Lynn's double-digit scorers. He also swatted three blocks, his most in a game as a Fighting Knight.
- As a team, Lynn posted a season-high six blocks.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Baez is the first Fighting Knight to record a double-double this season, 17 games into the year. The Fighting Knights logged 11 double-doubles in the 2016-17 campaign.
- Lynn evens up the season series after a loss at Tampa earlier in the year that saw the Spartans lead from start to finish.
- The Fighting Knights shot 48.4% from the field, their third-highest total this season and second-best clip in a conference game.
- Lynn went 7-of-9 from the charity stripe, marking the first time this season with less than 10 attempts at the line.
- Despite the win, Lynn turned the ball over 20 times, one shy of its most in a game this season.
- Baez had 10 of Lynn's 14 bench points.
Lynn hits the road for a pair of conference games next week, starting with a trip next door to Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.