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Rollins Turned Back by No. 24 Eckerd

Jack Fleming
Jack Fleming

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (December 30, 2017) – Rollins couldn't overcome a hot-shooting second half by Eckerd and fell to the 24th-ranked Tritons 95-81 Saturday afternoon. 

Sam Philpott led the Tars in scoring with 18 points on an 8-of-10 shooting night. Jack Fleming was 5-of-11 from the field with four 3-pointers and added 16 points in his first start of the season. Jeff Merton scored 14 and Connor Mckim netted 11. 

Rollins fell to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in the Sunshine State Conference while Eckerd ran its winning streak to nine and improved to 12-1 and atop the league at 5-1. 

Drushaun McLaurn led Eckerd with 23 points while Trevon Young tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds. Keshawn Ingram and Blake Morrow both scored 11. 

Rollins shot 50 percent from the field and hit 10-of-31 three-pointers. EC hit 71 percent in the second half and ended the day 58 percent from the floor. Rollins was outrebounded 36-21.

The Tars kept it close to start and trailed just 11-10 after a Philpott layup at the 13:30 mark of the first. Jakobi Bonner made his season debut after recovering from injury over the first semester and hit a driving bucket to make the score 24-18 with 9:20 on the clock. 

Eckerd then ran off an 15-0 run over the next four minutes and led 39-18 with 6:07 in the half. Rollins answered and cut the deficit to 45-36 before looking at a 47-37 hole going into the locker room.

Rollins got as close at 57-52 early in the second behind a barrage of three-pointers from Fleming and Philpott bucket. EC then hit its next five from the field and put the Tars down 67-54 midway through the half. 

The Tars closed the gap to nine four more times, but couldn't get any closer the rest of the way and took a third-straight loss.

Rollins will look to get back to its winning ways on Wednesday, January 3 with a trip to Palm Beach Atlantic. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in West Palm Beach. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.