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Rollins Nipped by Florida Southern

Rachel Lia
Rachel Lia

WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 8, 2020) – In a thriller between two old rivals, Rollins and Florida Southern battled for the entire 40 minutes, but the Tars came up short at the end, falling 60-56. 

The loss stops Rollins' three-game winning streak and drops its record to 9-5, 2-4 in Sunshine State Conference play. FSC improves to 9-6 and 6-1 in the SSC. 

Tianna Rosser posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tars. Rachel Lia added 12 points and six assists while Jaylyn Harrison tallied 10 points. 

Julia Jenike led the Mocs with 13 points. Ashley Shell and Mackenzie Steele both netted 12. 

Both teams came out firing with Rollins grabbing a 16-15 lead after a fast-paced first quarter. The second was one possession throughout with neither team leading by more than two points. 

Rosser was fouled in the act of shooting at the halftime horn and hit a free throw to give Rollins a 30-29 lead at intermission. 

FSC gained an edge early in the third and put the Tars down 41-35 with two minutes left in the frame. Buckets by Silvia Lasarte Garcia and Rachel Jablonski got Rollins to within two before Elsa Landberg hit a layup at the buzzer for FSC. 

Rollins trailed 43-38 heading into the fourth quarter 

The Tars fell behind by eight four minutes into the fourth, 50-42. Two Paris Sharpe free throws sparked an 8-1 Tars run and closed the gap to 51-50 with 2:31 to play. 

After Southern went back up by four, Lia drained a deep three-pointer with 1:05 left and got Rollins to within 55-54. Rollins got a stop on the defensive end, but turned it over with 30 seconds left. 

The Mocs hit a pair at the line to put Rollins back down three with 20 seconds to play and a three-pointer was off the mark in the final seconds. FSC then sealed the win at the line. 

Both teams shot 38 percent in the game with the Tars gaining a 46-33 edge on the glass. Rollins committed 15 turnovers to just six from FSC. 

The Tars are back on the road Saturday, January 11 to play Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach. Tip off is set for 2 p.m. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.  

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