Men’s Basketball Shocks FAU in the Battle for Boca

Men’s Basketball Shocks FAU in the Battle for Boca

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's men's basketball team got a bit of revenge on Saturday afternoon, defeating cross-town and NCAA Division I foe Florida Atlantic University in exhibition action, 92-87. Senior Michael Baez displayed an impressive double-double to lead the Fighting Knights to victory.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 92, FAU 87
Records: Lynn (0-0), FAU (0-0)
Location: FAU Arena | Boca Raton, Fla.
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STATS OF THE GAME:

  • The Fighting Knights rolled out a big starting lineup to match the Owls, and Baez excelled as a two-guard in a team-high 33 minutes of action. Baez dropped in 21 points behind an 11-of-14 performance at the charity stripe and led all players on the floor with 15 rebounds.
  • Sophomore point guard Brandon Bornelus came off the bench and led the Blue and White in scoring with 22 points, knocking down 5-of-6 attempts from long range. He also led the squad in assists with three.
  • Fourth-year senior Jamal Palmer returned to the starting lineup, notching 13 points and four boards with a 5-of-7 effort from the free-throw line.
  • Darius Moore made his long-expected Lynn debut, pouring in 16 points in 20 minutes off the bench. Moore went 8-of-10 at the stripe.
  • Ryan Peterson rounded out Lynn's double-digit scorers with 10 points off the bench on a 4-for-6 clip from the floor.
  • FAU's Anthony Adger led all scorers with 30 points, going 8-for-12 from the field and 9-for-9 on free throws.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Last year, Lynn hosted FAU in an exhibition contest as part of the 2017-18 South Florida Showdown, broadcasted on ESPN. The Owls won 68-53.
  • There were a combined 121 points scored between the two teams last year, opposed to the 179 points scored today.
  • Before last year, Lynn and FAU last met in an exhibition contest during the 2012-13 season.
  • Bornelus scored more points (22) than the minutes he played (18).
  • Baez (15) had nearly half of the team's rebounds (34).
  • Moore and Hunter Parrish made their Blue and White debuts.

UP NEXT:
Lynn has one more exhibition game before the regular season starts, traveling to the University of Maryland on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for a 7 p.m. contest.