No. 5 Sharks Bite No. 17 Men’s Basketball at the Buzzer in Battle for First Place

No. 5 Sharks Bite No. 17 Men’s Basketball at the Buzzer in Battle for First Place

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.

UP NEXT:  
Lynn remains on the road this weekend, taking on Tampa at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 19.