WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 5, 2020) - After seeing its early lead evaporate, Rollins came back to force overtime and outlasted Nova Southeastern 69-65 in an emotionally charged game Wednesday
The Tars picked up a crucial Sunshine State Conference win and improve to 12-9, 5-8 SSC while the Sharks fall to 10-10, 6-7 SSC.
Rachel Jablonski led four scorers in double figures with 16 points. The junior hit four three-pointers and went 4-of-5 at the free throw line. Paris Sharpe tallied 15 points and five rebounds while Denise Daniels scored 11. Jaylyn Harrison added 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Jordan Tully posted 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Sharks while Hailey Conley netted 20.
In a rare occurrence, Rollins was beat on the glass 44-42 but held NSU to 29 percent shooting while hitting 36 percent from the field.
The Tars controlled action early and built at 34-28 lead by halftime.
The lead grew to eight early in the second half before the Tars hit a cold streak and ended up trailing 43-40 heading into the fourth.
NSU put the Tars down 54-47 with four minutes to play. However, a Harrison bucket sparked a 6-0 run and got Rollins right back into the mix.
With 56 seconds left, Tully hit a tough bucket to put the Sharks on top 60-56. Jablonski drained a deep three and, after a defensive stop, Tianna Rosser split a pair at the line to pull Rollins to within 60-59. Her miss was rebounded by Daniels who then drew a foul with five seconds left. She hit the first at the line to tie the score and missed the second, but NSU was off the mark at the buzzer and the game headed to overtime.
Conley drained a triple to start the OT for NSU, but the Tars went on an 8-1 run and seized a 68-64 advantage with 1:29 left. The defense then stood up and Jablonski iced the game at the line for a four-point Tars win.
The Tars are at Saint Leo on Saturday, February 8 and then will visit Florida Southern on Wednesday, Feberuary 11. Fans can follow the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.