Rollins travels to Saint Leo Saturday night looking to snap a six-game losing streak and gain positive momentum heading into the postseason. The Tars are sixth in the SSC standings and can earn a SSC Tournament first round home game with a win at Leo and Nova Southeastern loss at Florida Tech. A Tars loss would mean a first round road game at either Eckerd or Florida Southern. Saint Leo has lost its last four and can solidify its spot in the tournament with a win. A loss to the Tars and Florida Tech win would put the Lions on the outside looking in at the bracket. These two teams last met in December with the Tars cruising to an 86-58 victory in Winter Park. The Tars are 3-6 on the road this season while the Lions are 6-6 at home on the year.
Rollins hoopsters Connor Mckim and Sam Philpott were named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District, it was announced Friday.
Rollins fell behind early and played catch-up all afternoon, never getting over the hump and dropping an 85-80 decision to Eckerd on Saturday.
Rollins welcomes visiting Eckerd on Saturday looking to snap a five-game losing streak and secure a spot in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament. The Tars and Lynn are tied for fifth in the SSC standings and still have an outside shot at the SSC title. Barry is in the driver’s seat, a game up on second place Eckerd and Nova Southeastern, while Florida Southern is 1.5 games back. A pair of Tars wins to close the season clinch a spot in the conference tourney and could mean a first-round home game where Rollins is 11-4 on the season. Second-place Eckerd is guaranteed a spot in the postseason and heads into Winter Park 2-3 over its last five. They beat Embry-Riddle on Valentine’s Day and after playing Rollins, have games with Saint Leo and Palm Beach Atlantic on their schedule. Tars head coach Tom Klusman continues to chase 700 career victories, currently sitting at 691.
Jeff Merton and Jakobi Bonner both scored 19 points, but Rollins was unable to keep pace with Nova Southeastern on Wednesday, falling 90-71.
Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, an incredible six teams still have a legitimate shot at the Sunshine State Conference title, including both Rollins and Nova Southeastern. Barry holds a one-game lead over the field with the Tars and Sharks joining Florida Southern and Lynn as teams with 10 SSC victories. The Tars are mired in a four-game losing streak while NSU is trending the other way, with a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game. The result will be a large factor in not only the SSC title hunt, but also seeding and a first-round home game in the upcoming conference tournament. Tars head coach Tom Klusman continues to chase 700 career victories, currently sitting at 691-404.