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