BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's 12th-ranked men's basketball team clinched a 99-98 overtime victory over 16th-ranked Florida Southern College in a Sunshine State Conference afternoon battle. With 5.3 seconds remaining in overtime, Darius Moore drained a three-pointer to put the Fighting Knights on top. Michael Baez scored a career-high 38 points to lead the Blue and White offensive effort.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 99, Florida Southern 98 (OT)
Records: Lynn (20-3, 13-3 SSC), FSC (19-5, 14-4 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: FSC leads 39-15
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- In addition to Baez's game-high in points, he had a game-high 11 rebounds and was the lone player with a double-double. Baez was 5-for-7 from long range and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
- Moore poured in 16 points, 15 of them coming from beyond the arc and one coming from the stripe. He played 44 out of the 45 minutes of action, totaling six rebounds and a game-high five assists. The guard also added three steals.
- Rasheed Worrell brought down seven boards and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. He tacked on a block and five assists.
- Jamal Palmer and Daniel Cooper rounded out the starting five for the Blue and White, adding seven and four points, respectively. Cooper hauled in eight boards.
- Ryan Peterson tallied 11 points, shooting 80% from the field and 2-for-2 from long range. He also contributed two assists, two blocks and three rebounds in a solid effort off the bench.
- Branden Ellis was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and sunk three points from the charity stripe for a season-best nine points.
- FSC's Jonathan Lawton led his team with 35 points, shooting 40% (10-for-25) from the floor and 11-for-13 from the free throw line.
- Lynn outrebounded Florida Southern, 45-30.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Baez's previous career high in scoring was set on Jan. 11, 2017 when he played for Wingate. He scored 30 points against Catawba. He becomes the sixth player and eighth performance in the SSC to score 35+ in a game this season.
- This marks the 15th double-double of Baez's career and second in the last three games.
- 38 points are the most by a Fighting Knight since Marquan Botley scored 40 against the Mocs on Feb. 18, 2017.
- In SSC play, Baez ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 19.9 points per game.
- Lynn is 2-1 in overtime games so far this season. The Florida Southern Mocs downed the Fighting Knights in overtime on Jan. 5, while the Blue and White beat Embry-Riddle earlier this week, 81-79 in OT.
- This marks the first time since the 2004-05 season that Lynn has played two overtime games against the same opponent (Barry).
- The Fighting Knights have had 40+ rebounds in each of the last four games. The last time Lynn had 40+ boards over a four-game span was in February of 2017.
- 99 points are the second most this season for the Blue and White and the most in conference play. The team scored 104 against Johnson & Wales.
- The Blue and White remain undefeated at home this season (15-0).
- Peterson's 11 points marks a season-high. It is the most for the senior since he scored 17 against Embry-Riddle last season (Feb. 10).
- Moore has scored in double-digits in each of his 11 starts this season. His 17 shot attempts tie his season high previously set on Feb. 2 vs. Eckerd.
- 33 made shots are the most for the squad since they made 36 hosting Johnson & Wales (FL) on Dec. 11.
- The program has now won 20 games in the regular season for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign.
- This was the fourth game-winner in the final seconds for the Blue and White this season with all four taking place at home.
- Nationally, Lynn is ranked No. 12 by D2SIDA and No. 16 in the NABC Coaches poll. FSC currently sits at No. 16 by D2SIDA and No. 19 in the NABC Coaches poll.
- With today's victory, the Fighting Knights sit second in the SSC standings. Nova Southeastern (15-2) is in first and FSC stands in third place (12-4).
The Fighting Knights will remain home this week, hosting a big matchup against Nova Southeastern at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20.