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Rollins Drops Third-Straight Heartbreaker

Brooks Cluxton
Brooks Cluxton

WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 8, 2020) – A Florida Southern bucket with two seconds left broke a tie game and Rollins' desperation three-pointer went begging as the Tars fell to the 14th-ranked Mocs 85-83 on Wednesday night. 

The defeat is a third-straight by one possession after one-point losses to Saint Leo and Barry to start the New Year. Rollins is now 8-6 on the season and 2-4 in Sunshine State Conference play while FSC moves to 13-2, 5-2 SSC. 

Hutton Yenor had a career-day spoiled as the sophomore pumped in 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Jakobi Bonner added 17 points and five rebounds. The senior is sitting on 999 career points. Kyle Marion had a breakout game with 15 points and Brooks Cluxton got 12 points and eight boards. 

Jair Rodgers netted 20 for the Mocs while Brett Hanson tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. E.J. Dambreville recorded 15 points and eight rebounds.

Rollins did not back down from the nation's 14th-ranked team at the start and went up 31-18 on a Yenor triple with 9:05 left in the half. The Mocs responded and closed to within 38-37 five minutes later. 

The Mocs took their first lead of the game, 43-42 with 3:22 on the clock but the Tars wouldn't get them get away and went into the locker room trailing 49-48. 

The Tars trailed by five twice early in the second but battled back each time. 

Florida Southern looked as if it would pull away in the middle of the second and had the Tars down 75-66 with 6:38 to play. 

Yenor hit back-to-back three-pointers to spark a 12-2 run over the next three minutes. Cluxton was fouled on a dunk and converted the three-point play to put Rollins back on top, 78-77 with 3:17 left. 

The teams traded baskets for the next three minutes with a Bonner driving layup tying the score at 83 with 14 seconds left. FSC held for the last shot and Rodgers drained a pull-up jumper from 15 feet with two seconds on the clock. Rollins was out of timeouts and a half court heave was too strong at the buzzer. 

The Tars will look to bounce back on Saturday, January 11 with a trip to Palm Beach Atlantic. Tip off is set for 4 p.m. in West Palm Beach. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.