Rollins fell behind early and played catch-up all afternoon, never getting over the hump and dropping an 85-80 decision to Eckerd on Saturday.
Rollins welcomes visiting Eckerd on Saturday looking to snap a five-game losing streak and secure a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The Tars and Lynn are tied for fifth in the SSC standings and still have an outside shot at the SSC title. Barry is in the driver’s seat, a game up on second place Eckerd and Nova Southeastern, while Florida Southern is 1.5 games back. A pair of Tars wins to close the season clinch a spot in the conference tourney and could mean a first-round home game where Rollins is 11-4 on the season. Second-place Eckerd is guaranteed a spot in the postseason and heads into Winter Park 2-3 over its last five. They beat Embry-Riddle on Valentine’s Day and after playing Rollins, have games with Saint Leo and Palm Beach Atlantic on their schedule. Tars head coach Tom Klusman continues to chase 700 career victories, currently sitting at 691.
Jeff Merton and Jakobi Bonner both scored 19 points, but Rollins was unable to keep pace with Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, falling 90-71.
Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, an incredible six teams still have a legitimate shot at the Sunshine State Conference title, including both Rollins and Nova Southeastern. Barry holds a one-game lead over the field with the Tars and Sharks joining Florida Southern and Lynn as teams with 10 SSC victories. The Tars are mired in a four-game losing streak while NSU is trending the other way, with a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game. The result will be a large factor in not only the SSC title hunt, but also seeding and a first-round home game in the upcoming conference tournament. Tars head coach Tom Klusman continues to chase 700 career victories, currently sitting at 691-404.
Rollins saw Palm Beach Atlantic jump out to a big halftime lead and couldn’t catch up in the second as the Tars were dealt an 89-83 loss Saturday afternoon.
Currently trudging through a three-game losing streak, Rollins will look to come out on the other side Saturday hosting Palm Beach Atlantic. The Tars have lost by an average of just five points during its skid with each game coming down to the final few possessions. Rollins is still in the mix for the Sunshine State Conference title, sitting in third just a half game back of leaders Barry and Eckerd. A win over PBA would also solidify the Tars spot in the SSC Tournament. The Sailfish are tied for eighth in the conference standings with the top-eight at season’s end earning bids into postseason. PBA was coming off big wins over Florida Southern and nationally ranked Barry before losing at Lynn on Wednesday. The ‘Fish are just 2-9 on the road this season.