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Tars Welcome FSC, Visit PBA in Pivotal Week

Trevor Recio
Trevor Recio

Upcoming Match-ups:
Rollins (8-5, 2-3 SSC) vs. No. 14/15 Florida Southern (12-2, 4-2 SSC)
Wednesday, January 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins at Palm Beach Atlantic (10-3, 3-2 SSC)
Saturday, January 11 | 4 p.m.
Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla. 
Complete Game Notes vs. PBA (.pdf)

Coverage:
WATCH: Tars Sports Network
LISTEN: 91.5 FM WPRK
LIVE STATS: TarsStats.com

Set-up: Looking for a bounce back win after a pair of one-point losses last week, Rollins hosts 14th-ranked Florida Southern and visits Palm Beach Atlantic in the coming days. The Tars were nipped by Saint Leo at home by a single point a week ago and then let a late lead slip away at Sunshine State Conference leader Barry on Saturday, falling to the Bucs in a heartbreaker. Rollins had won four in a row, including wins over two nationally ranked teams, but are left searching for a first win of 2020. FSC had its nine-game winning streak stopped on Saturday, falling to fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern in overtime. Since an SSC-opening loss to Embry-Riddle, the Mocs have been on fire offensively, averaging better than 94 points a game. Florida Southern has lost four of their last five trips to Winter Park. PBA hosts Barry on Wednesday before its Saturday match-up with Rollins. The Sailfish have won four in a row, including league wins over Saint Leo and Florida Tech in convincing fashion. Rollins is 2-4 at home and 6-1 away from Winter Park while Florida Southern is 4-1 on the road and PBA 4-1 at home.   

Tracking the Tars: Up eight with just over a minute to play, everything that could go wrong did for the Tars in crunch time, resulting in a 69-68 loss to Barry on Saturday. Jakobi Bonner led the way for the Tars with 16 points. Connor Mckim and Hutton Yenor both scored 14 points while Trevor Recio grabbed 12 rebounds. Bonner has scored double-figures in all but two games this season and leads the Tars with 16.9 points a game. Dayton Gumm is putting up 12.5 a game, but has been sidelined with an injury the last three games. Yenor is scoring 11.1 points a night off the bench while Mckim averages 10 points and three assists a game. Recio leads the team on the glass with 7.9 rebounds a game while Brooks Cluxton is gathering 6.8 a night. The Tars are third in the SSC in defense, surrendering 71.5 points a game, while scoring 74.2.

Tracking the Moccasins: Florida Southern comes to Rollins after falling to fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern in an overtime thriller, 111-103. Jalyn Hinton, Brett Hanson and Brandon Carroll each scored 20 points with Hinton also grabbing 10 rebounds. The Mocs held NSU without a field goal for the final 4:55 of regulation to force OT. Hanson is second in the league and leads FSC with 21.6 points a game. The senior is also averaging 7.7 rebounds a night. Hinton is averaging a double-double with 15.7 points and SSC-leading 10.7 rebounds a game. He also leads the nation in blocks at nearly four swats a game. E.J. Damberville scores 14.3 points a night and Jack Rauch nets 13.9 a game. Six players are averaging more than 10 points a game. FSC is third in the conference in offense at 92.9 points a game while allowing 82 a night.

Tracking the Sailfish: Palm Beach Atlantic has won seven of its last eight with a loss to then nationally ranked Embry-Riddle its only blemish in the span. The Sailfish are hosting Barry on Wednesday looking to run their winning streak to five before a date with Rollins. PBA beat Saint leo on the road its last time out, 89-76. Four players average double digit scoring, led by 17.4 points a game from Dan Largey. Jules Jasmin is getting 16.5 points and 7.1 rebound a game. De'Ondre Jackson (14.8 ppg) and Darhius Nunn (13.2 ppg) are also big scorers for the Sailfish. They are averaging 82.5 points a game and surrendering 75.6 a game.

Notes:

  • Rollins trails Florida Southern, its oldest rival, 45-95 in the all-time series during the modern era (since 1950). The Tars have won six of the last eight match-ups.
  • The Tars are 21-50 at home against Florida Southern, including an 83-69 win last season.
  • Rollins leads PBA 26-8 in the all-time series. PBA has won three of the last five match-ups.
  • Rollins is 9-4 all-time in West Palm Beach.
  • Rollins was picked seventh in the SSC preseason poll; Florida Southern was selected No. 2 and Palm Beach Atlantic just ahead of Rollins at No. 6.  
  • Jakobi Bonner is nearing the 1000-point milestone, currently sitting at 982 points.
  • FSC is 10th in the nation in scoring offense (92.9); fifth in rebounds per game (44.7) and the national leader in blocks per game at 6.3.
  • FSC's Jayln Hinton leads the nation in blocks (3.9) and is seventh in rebounds (10.7) per game.
  • PBA's Jules Jasmine is third in the nation in field goal percentage, hitting 69 percent from the field.
  • Tom Klusman, in his 40th season leading Rollins, has the 12th most victories (711) of active college coaches, all divisions. He ranks third among active Division II coaches in total wins and ninth all-time. He trails Tampa's Richard Schmidt by just one win for the most in SSC history.

Next up: Rollins will head back to South Florida on Wednesday, January 15 to face Lynn in Boca Raton. The next home game is slated for Saturday, January 18 against Eckerd. Fans can follow the Tars all season long on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.