Fort Lauderdale, Fla.- Lynn University's Aaron Harrison scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Fighting Knights to a 94-71 victory over Seton Hill (1-3) on Friday night at the NSU Thanksgiving Classic. The Blue & White improves to begin the year 3-0 for the second consecutive season.
The two teams exchanged baskets to open the game but the Fighting Knights pulled ahead 14-12 and never looked back. Lynn extended its lead to eleven, 27-16, after Pavle Raickovic was fouled on a layup for an and-one play with just over ten minutes to play in the first half. Aaron Harrison led all scorers with 19 points and three rebounds adding a pair of steals.
Lynn shot an impressive 52.8 percent in the half while holding Seton Hill to 44 percent. The Blue & White out-rebounded the Griffins 20-11 and connected of 5-of-6 shots from the free throw line. SHU was led by Trevor Blondin who had 11 points in the opening frame.
Lynn began the second half on a 10-3 run that was capped off by a slam dunk by Harrison. Kaleb Clyburn drained a three-pointer with 12 minutes to play to put Lynn up by 22 points, its biggest lead thus far, 72-50. Lynn led by 30 with 5:45 to play after Clyburn drained another trey from behind the arc. The Fighting Knights held on for a 94-71 victory.
In the second frame Lynn outscored the Griffins 49-35 and shot 52.6 percent from the field to continue its shooting consistency from the first half. David Johnson had a team-high 11 points while Harrison and Haki Stampley chipped in eight points a piece. The Blue & White held SHU to 38.7 percent from the field and just 20 percent from three-point range.
Throughout the game the Griffins shot just 41.1 percent and had 20 turnovers. Lynn shot 5.7 percent overall and edged Seton Hill 39-31 in rebounds.
Joining Harrison in double figures was Johnson with 17 points and Stampley and Raickovic with 11 points each. The Fighting Knights return to action on Saturday, November 29, when they face the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at 6 pm on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in the second day of the NSU Thanksgiving Classic.