Men’s Basketball Tames Tarzans in Historic Rout

 

Ft Lauderdale, Fla. – In their second contest versus each other in a two-week span Lynn University's men's basketball team defeated the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 118-76 in the Sharks Thanksgiving Classic. With the victory Lynn improves to 4-0.

In the rout the Fighting Knights found themselves in the program record books with the most points scored in a half with 68 and the third-most points scored in a game.

The well-balanced attack was lead by Pavle Raickovic and Haki Stampley who each had 15 points. Ben Berry, Fred Landers, Aaron Harrison and Russell Wilson all chipped in double-digit points. Kaleb Clyburn led the squad in assists with five, followed by Berry and Landers with four.

On the boards, Raickovic paced the team with six followed by Wilson with five. Defensively Landers had three steals and Cory Thomas had three blocks.

No member of the Blue & White logged more than 17 minutes in the rout. 

The Fighting Knights were the first on the board with a pair of free throws from Ben Berry. UPR took their only lead of the one-minute in as a three-pointer from Noel Muniz put the Tarzans up 5-2. Lynn quickly responded with layups from Aaron Harrison and David Johnson, who was fouled and made his free throw to put his team up 7-5.

The full court pressure caused trouble for the visitors in their following four possessions, with three turnovers in the span. The Fighting Knights were able to keep the Tarzans without a field goal for 10 minutes when a Jaime Perez jumper cut the lead to 41-10 with 9:57 left in the opening frame, Ramon Calderon and Jorge Colon combined for three free-throw points during the dry spell.
The biggest lead for Lynn in the first 20 minutes came with 8:46 left before the intermission when a Pavle Raickovic layup put the Blue & White up 48-10.
Lynn shot 67.5 percent from the field and 87.5 from behind the three-point line. 11 different Fighting Knights scored in the first half with three reaching double-digits. Led by Fred Lander's two steals the Blue & White had seven before halftime.

Right out of the break Lynn showed it was not going to slow down, with Harrison collecting a steal within the first minute and another one the following play. The Fighting Knights amassed a 40-point lead off a David Johnson layup that made the score 82-42. Landers, Wilson and Kaleb Clyburn all chipped in during the 9-0 run that put Lynn up 89-42.

Another three-pointer from Landers put Lynn up 98-46, their biggest lead of the night. The 100-point mark was reached with 8:16 left in the rout off a Raickovic layup.

The total score made the program record books after a Kevin Johnston layup gave Lynn 116 points, fifth-most all-time. Moments later Dante Scholl made a layup to give the Fighting Knights 118, tied for third all-time. The most points in a contest is 120, reached against St. Thomas back in the 1997 season.

For the match Lynn shot 67.6 percent with a 64.7 clip from three-point land. The Blue & White forced 26 UPR-Mayaguez turnovers, scoring 40 points from them.

The men's basketball team is back in action on December 4, when they begin Sunshine State Conference play against Rollins at 7:30 pm. Fans can learn more about the program by going to LynnFightingKnights.com and by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram