Lakeland, Fla. – After having a program-record 9-0 record away from its home court, Lynn University's men's basketball team fell to top-ranked Florida Southern 87-66. With the loss, Lynn is now 18-6 overall and 10-4 in the SSC.
Aaron Harrison led all players with 26 points, the sixth time this season he has eclipsed 20 points and third time in the last four games. The senior also had three steals, one block and five rebounds.
Joining Harrison in double digits was Russell Wilson who had 13, 11 coming in the first half, and a team-high seven boards.
Wilson and Harrison combined for 20 points in the first half, but it was not enough as Florida Southern (25-1, 13-1 SSC)) went into the break ahead 35-30. FSC had its largest lead of the half, 35-27 heading into the final seconds, before Dante Scholl hit a buzzer beater three pointer bringing it back down to five.
The Fighting Knights got on the scoreboard first as Harrison made a jumper in the first minute. Trailing 9-5, Wilson made back-to-back layups to knot the score at 9. Lynn took its second lead of the night with 7:56 left to play off a jump shot from Pavle Raickovic. The Mocs retook the lead with six minutes left in the half off a layup.
Led by Wilson's 5-8 shooting, Lynn went 41.9 percent from the field, besting Florida Sothern's 39.4 clip. The two sides had identical 18 points in the paint while the Blue & White had more assists than the home team with six.
Carrying the momentum from the buzzer beater, the Fighting Knights had a strong first four minutes that saw the Blue & White take the lead. Starting with a three from Harrison, Fred Landers went off for seven of Lynn's following 10 points to cut the lead to one at 44-43. Harrison connected on two free throws to flip the advantage in Lynn's direction. The visitors kept it a one point affair until an 18 point run by the Mocs put the game out of reach.
Harrison had 17 points in the final half, going 2-3 from deep and 4-5 overall. Landers chipped in eight points going 3-6 from the field in the last 20 minutes of play.
As a team, Lynn's shooting improved after the intermission with a 42.9 clip from the field. A 33.3 percent from behind the arc and 61.5 percent from the charity stripe were also higher than the opening half.
The Fighting Knights are back in action on Wednesday, February 21, when they take on nationally ranked Barry in Miami Shores. Fans can follow the action by going to lynnfightingknights.com and by following @Lynn_Knights on Twitter and Instagram.