BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's men's basketball team ended the year on a high note with a 71-63 win over Nyack (2-9) in the final game of the Embassy Suites Boca Raton Classic on Saturday night. Cory Thomas matched his career high in blocks with six while adding nine points and four rebounds. Fred Landers and David Johnson were the Fighting Knights' leading scorers with 13 points each. With the victory Lynn improves to 7-2 overall.
It was a close battle in the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center during the first half as the lead would change between the two teams three times with no one taking more than a six point lead until the 12:12 mark when Russell Wilson made a layup. Nyack continued to answer Lynn's offense and kept the game within a four-point margin until a jumper by Johnson at 6:54 gave Lynn its largest lead thus far, 23-15. A layup in the paint by Pavle Raickovic at 3:44 gave the Blue & White its largest lead of the half, 31-20. The Fighting Knights held on to lead by ten at the half, 34-24.
Johnson scored a team-high nine points in the opening 20 minutes and Thomas recorded four of his blocks in the half. Lynn shot 40 percent from the field while holding the Warriors to 34.8 percent and just 25 percent from three-point range. Chris Hampton led NC with eight first half points. The Fighting Knights out-rebounded Nyack 23-18 and scored 18 points in the paint.
The Blue & White opened the second half on a 7-0 run to lead 41-24 with 16:57 to play. Nyack answered back with an 11-4 run to bring the game within ten, 45-35, at 11:53. NC closed the gap to seven points three times over the next ten minutes but Lynn remained consistent and held on for an eight-point victory.
Landers scored all 13 of his points in the second half, connecting on 11-of-11 free throws helping his team to shoot 85.7 percent from the charity stripe. Nyack improved its shooting from the field to 48 percent and edged Lynn in rebounds, 19-16. However, the Fighting Knights were able to capitalize on 10 Warrior turnovers.
Overall the Blue & White shot 36.2 percent from the field and 81.3 from the free throw line. Nyack was led by Hampton who had a game-high 18 points while Nick Moore and Yahmir Greenlee each scored in double figures for the Warriors. Kaleb Clyburn chipped in 11 points for the Fighting Knights while Thomas and Harrison each added nine.
Lynn will have two weeks rest for a winter break before returning to action on January 3, 2015, for a Sunshine State Conference match-up at Tampa. Tip-off is set for 4 pm against the Spartans.
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