BOCA RATON, Fla-. Lynn University's men's basketball team lost to No. 3 Florida Southern (17-1), 87-77, at home on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Knights fall to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the Sunshine State Conference with the loss. The 16th-ranked Fighting Knights were led by Aaron Harrison who had a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ben Berry continued to make shots from downtown as he put up 20 points with four three-pointers.
Berry drained a three-pointer to open the game with Lynn on top, 3-0, in the opening minute of play. Kevin Capers answered back with a trey to tie the game and the pace was set for the top-25 match up. FSC took a seven-point lead at 14:35 but Dante Scholl hit a shot from downtown to bring the game within four, 18-14 with 11:17 to go in the half. The Mocs pulled ahead by nine, 29-20, with 7:42 to go but Lynn answered with a pair of free throws by Aaron Harrison and a jumper by David Johnson to trail by five, 29-24, at the six minute mark. Florida Southern led by as many as 13 in the final minutes and led 50-39 at the break.
Florida Southern shot an impressive 53.5 percent from behind the arc and 43.2 percent from the field. Lynn shot 36.6 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Mocs 26-20. Additionally, the Blue & White scored 18 points in the paint and were led by Aaron Harrison who had a team-high 12 points and five rebounds. Berry added 10 points for the Blue & White shooting 50 percent from downtown.
Lynn continued to put pressure on Florida Southern, trailing 61-58 with 11:44 to go, the Fighting Knights were amidst a 10-0 run. Harrison's layup that capped off the run gave the Blue & White its first lead since early in the second half, 62-61. FSC would once again pull ahead with a 13-4 run over the next few minutes. Coach Jeff Price called a timeout for Lynn with 3:29 to go down by six, 76-70. The Mocs shot flawlessly from the charity stripe on multiple trips through the final stretch to hold off Lynn for a ten-point victory.
Harrison and Berry each had 10 points in the second half. Lynn shot 46.9 percent from the field and held FSC to 38.7 percent. After shooting 53.5 percent from downtown in the first half, the Mocs were held to just one-of-six three-pointers in the second frame. This time around, Florida Southern had the 22-16 advantage in rebounds but the Fighting Knights blocked four shots in a strong defensive effort.
Stephen Battle led all scorers with 24 points while three other Moccasins scored in double figures. Harrison's 22 points and 11 rebounds mark his second double-double of the season for Lynn's senior guard. Overall, Lynn shot 41.1 percent from the field and made 80 percent of their shots from the charity stripe.
Lynn returns to action on the road at Florida Tech on Wednesday, January 28, for a 7:30 pm SSC showdown with the Panthers. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook and follow @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.