Men’s Basketball Knocks Down No. 20 Tampa
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University’s men’s basketball team defeated No. 20 Tampa to pick up its second consecutive Sunshine State Conference victory Saturday afternoon. The Knights were led by senior Slobodan Miljanic, who tallied 21 points in the win. LU moves to 9-4 overall, 2-2 in the SSC.
The Blue and White started the game with a 7-0 run, a lead in which it would keep the entire game. At 11:13 Miljanic hit his first trey from behind the arc to give the Knights a 15-6 lead. The Spartans rallied back with a 7-0 run that ended with a dunk by Da’Markco Foster, to cut LU’s lead to 15-13. A series of treys from Miljanic and Brandon Smith helped give the Knights an 18 point lead heading into halftime, at 38-20.
LU connected for 43.3% of their shots in the first half, while holding Tampa to 21.7%. Smith scored 13 points while Miljanic’s success from behind the arc added nine. The Blue and White pulled down 22 rebounds in the first half as well.
Tampa came out of the break on a 16-4 run, cutting the Knights’ lead to only four, at 42-38 with only 12:20 to play. Lynn continued its success from the charity line, making 23 of their free throw attempts. The upset was sealed at the sound of the buzzer, with Lynn on top 76-60.
Miljanic added 12 points in the second half while the Knights grabbed 21 boards. Tampa improved in the second half to shoot 50% from the field, while LU shot 30.4%. However, the 82.1% from the free throw line carried the Knights to victory.
The Knights travel to Florida Tech on Wednesday, January 16 for their next Sunshine State Conference showdown. Fans can follow the Blue and White all season long at LYNNFightingKnights.com. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram for in-game updates.