BOCA RATON, Fla. – The 21st-ranked Lynn University men's basketball team opened up Saturday afternoon's Sunshine State Conference game on an 18-3 blitz, but defensive adjustments by Florida Tech slowed down the Fighting Knights' offensive outburst. The Blue and White fought off the Panthers down the stretch, securing a 59-57 victory while staying undefeated at home.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #21 Lynn 59, Florida Tech 57
Records: #21 Lynn (13-1, 6-1 SSC), FIT (7-8, 1-6 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads 35-21
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Michael Baez had a bevy of big plays in the second half and led his squad in scoring with 18 points. He shot 5-of-6 at the line while adding four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
- Jamal Palmer knocked down two of his four long-range attempts in a 17-point performance. He hauled in five boards to go with a steal and a block.
- Brandon Bornelus dropped in a team-high three triples for 11 points. He tallied other team-highs in assists (4) and steals (3).
- Rasheed Worrell controlled the glass with a game-high nine rebounds, including five on the offensive side. He chipped in six points on 2-for-3 shooting from the field.
- Off the bench, Darius Moore logged seven points, four rebounds and three assists.
- FIT's Derek Murphy led all scorers with 21 points behind a 9-of-11 effort from the free-throw line. He also swiped a game-high five steals.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn's 59 points are tied for a season-low.
- The Fighting Knights received only seven points off the bench – all from Moore.
- Lynn registered more turnovers than assists for just the second time this season.
- Baez has scored in double figures in five straight games and in 10 of the last 11 contests. Palmer has scored 10+ in seven of the past eight games.
- Lynn's next game is at first-place Nova Southeastern. Both teams boast a 13-1 overall record but the Sharks have one more win in league play.
- The Blue and White were dropped out in last week's D2SIDA National Media Poll, but debuted in the NABC Coaches Poll at No. 21.
Lynn heads down to Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, Jan. 16, looking to steal the top spot in the SSC standings from the Sharks. Tip is slated for 7:30 p.m.