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Defense Shines in Rollins Win over Mayaguez

Jakobi Bonner led the Tars with 16 points Wednesday
Jakobi Bonner led the Tars with 16 points Wednesday

WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 21, 2018) – Rollins held Puerto Rico-Mayaguez to just 32 percent shooting Wednesday and won its fifth-straight, beating the Tarzans 81-52. 

Jakobi Bonner scored 16 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals to lead Rollins (5-0). Connor Mckim added 14 points and Parker Davis scored 10. Trevor Recio grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in the game. 

The Mayaguez (0-3) bench outscored its starters, led by 11 each from Heribero Rivera and Diego Mariani. 

The win gives Tars head coach Tom Klusman career win No. 698 and sets up a chance to get No. 700 at home with the next three games in Winter Park. 

Rollins opened a 41-18 lead at the half, holding the Tarzans to just 6-of-27 from the field. The Tars shot 47 percent in the first and ended the day 42 percent from the floor. Led by Recio's career-day, Rollins won on the glass 45-32 while also forcing 24 turnovers and committing 14. 

The Tars pitched a shutout for the first six minutes of the game, running out to a 14-0 lead. Rollins advantage was as many as 25 late in the frame on a Blake Admire triple with 51 seconds left. 

A 12-2 run early in the second put Rollins ahead 56-24 with 13:06 left and the Tarzans never got closer than 22 the rest of the game. 

Rollins is off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back in action Wednesday, November 28 hosting Embry-Riddle in both schools Sunshine State Conference openers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Warden Arena. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.