Lakeland, Fla. – Clutch three-point shooting at the end of both the regulation and overtime periods lifted the Lynn University men's basketball team to victory on Saturday night as the Fighting Knights took down Florida Southern by a final score of 92-90 in overtime of a Sunshine State Conference matchup. Brandon Bornelus had a career-high 25 points, including back-to-back threes to erase a four-point deficit and give Lynn the win with less than one minute to play in overtime.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 92, Florida Southern 90 (OT)
Records: Lynn 6-7 (3-4 SSC), Florida Southern 9-6 (3-4 SSC)
Location: Jenkins Fieldhouse | Lakeland, Fla.
All-Time Series: Florida Southern leads, 36-14 (Met twice in 2016-17)
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Bornelus's 25 points led all Lynn players, as did his five assists in the contest. It was the second straight game the freshman has set a new career-high mark after dropping 19 points last time out against Embry-Riddle.
- Kevin O'Brien was red-hot from long range, going 4-for-5 from three-point land to total 14 points in the contest. He added five rebounds in 28 minutes of action.
- Michael Baez contributed 12 points off the bench as he was 8-of-9 at the free throw line on the day with five boards of his own.
- Rasheed Worrell flirted with a double-double, coming up just one rebound short as he ended the game with 12 points and nine boards.
- Florida Southern's Jonathan Lawton scored a game-high 39 points despite shooting just 8-of-23 from the field. He cashed in on his chances at the free throw line, going 19-of-24 at the stripe.
- Lynn held the edge in field goal percentage—46.2 percent to 38.4 percent—and three-point percentage—52.0 percent to 21.4 percent—in the contest while both teams shot better than 70 percent at the free-throw line.
- Florida Southern had a 48-40 edge in rebounds, while the turnover battle was nearly equal at 16-14 in favor of the Mocs.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Ryan Peterson finished just 2-of-7 from three-point range, but few shots were more important than his triple with 1:15 to play in regulation that cut the Florida Southern lead to one possession.
- Daniel Cooper's only two points of the game came on a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left on the clock which sent the game to overtime tied at 82-82.
- Lynn has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
- The Fighting Knights posted their second-highest point total in a game this season, missing their previous mark of 93—set in a win over Shawnee State—by just one point.
- Lynn set season-best marks in threes (13), three-point percentage (52.0) and defensive rebounds (33) in the win while shooting better than 70 percent at the free throw line for the first time in their last six outings.
Lynn returns to action on Wednesday at home against Eckerd for another SSC matchup. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. against the Tritons at the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center.