Men's Basketball Falls to Rival Barry
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University’s men’s basketball team lost, 82-78, to rival Barry (18-7) on Wednesday night in the de Hoernle Center. The Fighting Knights fall to 8-17 overall and 2-13 in Sunshine State Conference action while the Bucs move just above .500 in league play at 8-7. Aaron Harrison scored a game-high 23 points with five rebounds and two assists while Fred Landers put up 17 points in the loss.
Barry held the lead for the entire first half, despite Lynn tying the game on four separate occasions. The Bucs biggest lead at the half came at 3:24 when Juan Ferrales made his second of two free throws. Harrison drained a three-point shot at 2:57 to cut the Blue & White’s deficit to 33-30. A trey by Josh Soto with 50 seconds left in the half put Lynn within one but a successful shot from the charity stripe by Deric Hill followed by a three-pointer with 18 seconds on the clock by Ferrales gave the Bucs a five-point cushion heading into the locker rooms ahead 41-36.
Lynn shot an impressive 57.7 percent from the field while connecting on six-of-nine shots from behind the arc. Ferrales led all scorers in the first half with 14 points while Harrison had 10 points for the Fighting Knights. The Bucs out rebounded Lynn, 16-15, in the half while shooting just42.9 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free throw line.
BU led by as many as nine in the second half at 8:38 but Lynn would not back down. The Fighting Knights would go on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes that ended with a pair of free throws by Landers to tie the game at 68-all with 4:48 remaining in regulation. The Blue & White would take its first lead of the game with 3:06 to go on a layup by Landers. Barry answered back however a layup by Herb Thomas gave the Knights a two point lead, 78-76, with 53 seconds left. Barry would end the game on a 6-0 run, with a trey from Hill followed by a pair of free throws before Ferrales’ free throw would seal the four-point victory with three tenths of a second on the clock.
Landers scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half helping Lynn to shoot 53.8 percent from the field. Barry shot 66.7 percent from the field while stealing the ball six times from the Blue & White in the final 20 minutes.
Overall the Fighting Knights shot 55.8 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe in the loss while out rebounding the Bucs, 30-25. Barry had five players score in double digits and was led by Magne Fivelstad and Yunio Barrueta who had 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Lynn will honor its lone senior, Herb Thomas, prior to the regular season finale against Eckerd at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights in Twitter, Instagram and Vine for in-game updates through the remainder of the season.