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Embry-Riddle Hands Rollins Season’s First Loss

Parker Davis scored a career-high 20 points Wednesday night.
Parker Davis scored a career-high 20 points Wednesday night.

WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 28, 2018) – Parker Davis netted a career-high 20 points, but a hot-shooting Embry-Riddle squad proved to be too much as Rollins fell 81-69 in the Sunshine State Conference opener for both schools. 

The Tars fall to 5-1 on the year and 0-1 in the league and keeps head coach Tom Klusman at 698 career victories. The Tars host Lynn on Saturday and Warner the following week before playing the next five away from home. 

Davis shot 8-of-13 from the field, including four 3-pointers. The mark doubled his previous best of 10, set three different times. Daniel Loh added 11 points for the Tars while Connor Mckim tallied nine points. Chu Enechionyia grabbed five offense rebounds and ended with eight boards on the night. 

Tylin Lockett-Fuller led Embry-Riddle (7-3, 1-0 SSC) with 15 points and five rebounds. Nick Heard added 13 points and Elijah Jenkins 12. 

The Eagles shot 52 percent from the field while Rollins was a season-low 44 percent shooting. The Tars were also outrebounded for just the second time on the year (37-33). 

The start was played very close between the two teams with three ties and four lead changes over the first 10 minutes. Rollins five-point advantage was the largest for either team during the span. 

The Tars posted a 10-2 run late in the stanza to go ahead 35-26 with 2:37 on the clock. The Eagles responded in a big way, ending the half on a 13-2 run to put the Tars down 39-37 at intermission. 

The teams continued to play back and forth to start the second with a Sheldon Odunna layup knotting the score at 58 with 9:09 to play. After ERAU went up five, Davis again made it a one-possession game with a twisting layup at the 6:38 mark. The Eagles would then go on an 11-0 run to lead 76-62 with 4:02 left. Rollins closed no closer than 11 the rest of the way. 

Rollins is back in action on Saturday, December 1 hosting Lynn at 4 p.m. The Fighting Knights are one of just two unbeaten teams left in the SSC. Fans can watch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and listen locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.