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All-Around Effort Leads Tars Past Warner

Nils Lehmann
Nils Lehmann

WINTER PARK, Fla. (December 5, 2017) – Playing the second of back-to-back games, Rollins saw 12 different players score and the defense step up as the Tars beat Warner 87-57 Tuesday in Winter Park. 

Rollins led by just seven at halftime before outscoring the Royals 48-25 in the second half. 

Sam Philpott scored 15 points to lead Rollins (7-3) while Deion Clark tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jeff Merton and Connor Mckim both chipped in 10 points. 

Warner (8-4), the 25th ranked team in NAIA, was led by 13 points from Melton Sanders. Kahlil Ozuna scored 10 and Andrew Lamb added nine. 

Long stretches of scoreless basketball dominated the first half as both team's offenses slowly got going. Rollins led by as many as six before back-to-back dunks from Lamb closed the Tars lead to 14-12 with 10:15 in the half. 

Christian Munson highlighted a mini-Tars run with a three-pointer at the 4:21 mark and Blake Admire later pushed the lead to 39-27 with 1:24 to play in the half. 

Warner scored the last five-points of the half to close to within 39-32 at the break. 

A Daniel Loh dunk early in the first started what would become a domination of the final 20-minutes by the Tars. Consecutive three-pointers from Mckim with 14 minutes to play pushed the Tars lead to 54-37 and led to a 26-2 run that blew the game wide open for the Tars. 

Parker Davis hit from deep to give Rollins an 83-48 lead, its largest of the game, with five minutes left. The Tars then cruised down the stretch for a second-straight win in as many days. 

Rollins shot 49 percent (33-68) from the field, including 11-of-30 from distance. Warner was just 4-of-31 from beyond the arc and 36 percent (23-64) from the field. The Tars won the battle on the boards, outrebounding the Royals 49-32. 

Rollins gets back into Sunshine State Conference play on Saturday, December 9 hosting Saint Leo at 1 p.m. Fans can watch live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and the SSC Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv.