Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – In a highly-anticipated local men's basketball matchup Wednesday night between the top-two teams in the league, it came down to the final shot with fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern University stealing an 87-85 Sunshine State Conference victory from 17th-ranked Lynn University. Jamal Palmer and Darius Moore each poured in 28 points to lead the Fighting Knights scoring attack.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #5 NSU 87, #17 Lynn 85
Records: NSU (14-1, 8-1 SSC), Lynn (13-2, 6-2 SSC)
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads 23-18
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Moore was absolutely lights out from beyond the arc, shooting an incredible 8-of-9 from long range for 28 points off the bench. He finished 10-of-13 from the field while adding two assists and a block.
- Palmer pieced together two solid halves of work, tallying 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, including a 4-of-7 performance for three-point territory. The senior rounded out a solid game with five boards, three assists and a game-high two blocks.
- Brandon Bornelus knocked down a pair of triples in his 14-point outing, adding four rebounds and three helpers.
- Starting bigs Daniel Cooper (8) and Rasheed Worrell (7) led the team's rebounding effort. Worrell chipped in six points and three assists offensively.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Sharks and Fighting Knights traded leads a total of 26 times throughout the contest, with four of those changes coming in the final 4:04.
- With the win, NSU fends off Lynn to keep the top spot in the SSC standings.
- Moore had 20 points by halftime, going 6-for-7 from 3-point land.
- Lynn shot 14-of-23 (60.9%) from beyond the arc as a team, marking the team's most efficient three-point shooting night since 2014.
- The teams combined to shoot 26-of-44 (59.1%) from downtown.
- Moore scored 28 of Lynn's 30 bench points.
- NSU's Mark Matthews led his team in scoring with 27 points, including the game-winning putback with 0.5 seconds left in regulation.
- The Sharks utilized only two subs off the bench.
- Last season in Fort Lauderdale, Lynn defeated NSU in overtime, 90-86.
- Lynn is ranked No. 17 nationally in both the NABC Coaches Poll and the D2SIDA National Media Poll. The Sharks are tabbed No. 5 by D2SIDA and No. 6 by the NABC.
- NSU was without its leading scorer, Connor Zinaich, who is third in the SSC in scoring at 19.2 points per game.
Lynn remains on the road this weekend, taking on Tampa at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 19.