WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 1, 2020) – Rollins kept it close, but couldn't pull off the upset as the Tars fell to 23rd-ranked Tampa 70-58 on Saturday afternoon.
UT picked up its 14th-straight win, moving to 16-3 overall and opening up a three game lead in the Sunshine State Conference at 13-0. Rollins drops to 11-9 overall and 4-8 in league play.
Jaylyn Harrison drilled a half court shot at the buzzer to become the lone Tar in double figures with 12 points. The senior went 4-of-7 from long range and also handed out four assists with no turnovers. Tianna Rosser, Yari Martinez-Toro, Rachel Lia and Paris Sharpe each scored seven points with Lia pulling down a team-high five rebounds.
Melijah Sullivan had a big game for the Spartans with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Lashayla Wright-Ponder netted 16 and Aliyah Abney scored 13.
Rollins set the tone early and went up 14-9 after the first eight minutes. The Tars grabbed an 18-14 advantage after the first quarter.
UT outscored Rollins 15-0 over the first five minutes of the second and went up 29-18. The Tars were able to cut the deficit to five twice before going into halftime trailing 32-26.
After going down as many as 13 early in the third, Rollins put together a run and closed to 43-25 after a Taniyah Pluviose three pointer at the 4:08 mark. UT then got hot again and pushed its lead to 55-40 heading into the fourth.
Rollins was able to cut the lead back to single digits at 62-53 with 4:14 to play, but went cold from the field for the rest of the game and would get no closer.
Ranking third in the nation in field goal percentage coming into the game, Tampa shot 55.8 percent from the field while Rollins hit 32.1 percent. The Tars won on the glass 35-31 and committed 12 turnovers to UT's nine.
The Tars are back at home on Wednesday, February 5 hosting Nova Southeastern. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m. at Warden Arena. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.