BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's men's basketball team opened up its 2018-19 campaign in exciting fashion inside a packed de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center on Friday night, defeating a talented Clark Atlanta University squad in nonconference action with a persistent second-half comeback, 74-69.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 74, Clark Atlanta 69
Records: Lynn (1-0), Clark Atlanta (0-1)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: First-ever meeting
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Fourth-year senior Jamal Palmer had a memorable final season-opener, posting a game-high-tying 20 points to lead the Blue and White offense. The two-guard shot 8-of-17 from the floor while tacking on four rebounds and a team-high five assists.
- Darius Moore, earning his first career start in his Lynn debut, did most of his damage from long range, going 4-of-9 from three for 16 points. He was also 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.
- Rasheed Worrell returned as the Fighting Knights' starting post presence, logging a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 boards. He also tallied a career-high three assists with two blocks.
- Starting swingman Michael Baez was the final Fighting Knight in double figures, recording 10 points behind a 4-for-4 effort at the charity stripe.
- Darius James provided a game-high-tying three blocks off the bench and hauled in nine rebounds.
- Starting power forward Daniel Cooper notched eight boards and two blocks in 26 minutes of action.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Last season, the Fighting Knights only recorded just three double-doubles all year, with Worrell securing one.
- Lynn has only lost one season opener in the last seven years.
- After leading 5-3 less than two minutes into the game, the Blue and White did not retake the lead until Worrell hit a hook shot to put his team up 58-57 with 4:10 left in regulation. Lynn will hold the lead the rest of the game.
- Lynn did not record a steal for the first time in nearly six years (vs. Flagler; 11/27/2012).
- Moore, Branden Ellis and Hunter Parrish all made their Lynn regular-season debuts.
- Clark Atlanta held a 24-6 record last season (winning 20 of their first 21 games, including a torrid 15-game winning streak) and have made the NCAA Tournament each of the past two years.
- CAU's first-year head coach George Lynch, making his debut as a head coach, spent 12 years playing in the NBA after he was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1993. He played for four NBA teams during his career (L.A. Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, and the New Orleans Hornets), playing the NBA Finals with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2001. He was also a second-team All-NBA defensive player that year.
Lynn remains home next weekend as it hosts Florida National on Friday, Nov. 16, for a 7:30 p.m. nonconference contest.