Home Cookin’! No. 21 Men’s Basketball Improves to 10-0 at Home

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.

UP NEXT:
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.