No. 12 Men’s Basketball Avoids Crash Landing with Overtime Win over Embry-Riddle

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's 12th-ranked men's basketball team improved to 14-0 at home this season with an 81-79 Sunshine State Conference victory over Embry-Riddle in overtime on Wednesday night. The Fighting Knights pick up their 19th win of the season, marking the program's most wins in a regular season in 13 years.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 81, Embry-Riddle 79
Records: Lynn (19-3, 12-3 SSC), Embry-Riddle (11-16, 4-12 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads 7-3
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STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Michael Baez led all scorers in the game, pouring in 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting. He was 4-of-5 at the line and added six rebounds.
  • Rasheed Worrell logged a double-double behind 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Worrell shot 4-of-9 from the floor and swiped two steals.
  • Starting guards Jamal Palmer and Darius Moore contributed 16 points apiece. Moore had a nice night beyond the arc (4-of-8) with a team-high five assists while Palmer tallied four rebounds, two helpers and two steals.
  • Daniel Cooper rounded out a solid performance from Lynn's starting five as he swatted away a career-high four blocks to go along with 10 boards and six points.
  • Darius James chipped in eight points and three rebounds off the bench.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Lynn has now won 19 games in the regular season for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign, where the Fighting Knights went into the postseason with a 19-8 overall record.
  • Worrell picks up his third double-double of the season.
  • Baez knocked down a huge 3-pointer to tie the game at 65-65 with 30 seconds left in the second half. It would be the final points of regulation.
  • The Fighting Knights corralled a season-high 18 offensive rebounds.
  • Nationally, Lynn is ranked No. 12 by D2SIDA and No. 16 in the NABC coaches' poll.
  • The Blue and White remain undefeated at home this season (14-0).
  • Lynn is 1-1 in overtime games so far this season. The Florida Southern Mocs downed the Fighting Knights in overtime on Jan. 5.
  • Nashad Mackey was the Eagles' top performer with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He went into tonight's game as the SSC's leading rebounder with 11.8 boards per game.

UP NEXT:
The Fighting Knights will remain home this weekend, hosting a big matchup against Florida Southern at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 16.