Mocs Bite No. 20 Men’s Basketball in SSC Semifinals

Mocs Bite No. 20 Men’s Basketball in SSC Semifinals

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Florida Southern College took hold of the lead with eight minutes to play in the first half Saturday night and never gave it back as Lynn University's 20th-ranked men's basketball team was unable to catch the Mocs in the second half, falling 74-65 in the semifinals of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: FSC 74, Lynn 65
Records: FSC (23-7), #20 Lynn (23-6)
Location: Rick Case Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
All-Time Series: FSC leads 40-15
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STATS OF THE GAME:

  • Darius Moore led the Fighting Knights off the bench with a game-high-tying 19 points, knocking down two treys while going 5-for-5 at the free-throw line. He also boasted a team-high four assists.
  • Michael Baez fought foul trouble early in the second half but managed to finish with 16 points and a team-high-tying nine rebounds.
  • Rasheed Worrell matched Baez in the rebounding department and just missed out on a double-double with 11 points on the offensive end of the floor.
  • Jamal Palmer had an 8-of-9 night at the charity stripe, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. He played all 40 minutes.
  • Four out of the five FSC starters scored in double figures. The only starter who did not, Jack Rauch, logged nine points, 16 rebounds and four assists.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The Fighting Knights tallied their lowest shooting percentage (33.8%) in over a month and third lowest this season. The team also had its second-poorest effort of the season from 3-point range (20.0%), shooting 4-of-20 from beyond the arc.
  • Lynn has not reached the final game of the SSC Tournament since 2005, when the program won its one and only tournament title.
  • The Blue and White reached the semifinals of the league playoffs for the first time since the team upset third-seeded Rollins in the 2015-16 quarterfinals.
  • The Mocs are now 2-0 against Lynn in the SSC Tournament semifinals and 5-1 when facing the Blue and White on a neutral floor.
  • These two teams split the regular-season series, with the home team winning each game in overtime.
  • FSC's starting five scored 71 of its 74 points. Moore had all 19 of Lynn's bench points.
  • Brandon Bornelus started and played 28 minutes, but was held scoreless for the first time since his collegiate debut last year as a freshman, where he only played four minutes.
  • Nationally, Lynn is ranked No. 20 by D2SIDA and No. 22 in the NABC Coaches poll.

UP NEXT:
The Blue and White will await their postseason fate with the announcement of the NCAA Tournament selections on Sunday, March 10.