BOCA RATON, Fla.- Lynn University's men's basketball team dropped its regular season finale, 78-72, to Florida Tech (16-12, 6-10) at home on Saturday. Senior Aaron Harrison led the Blue & White with 18 points in the Fighting Knight's third-straight loss. Lynn finishes the regular season 18-8 and 10-6 in SSC action, its best regular season in nine years. Lynn will head to the Sunshine State Conference Tournament as the #4 seed this Friday, March 6, and will play the fifth-seeded Panthers of Florida Tech.
Florida Tech took an early 7-0 lead but Lynn responded with a 10-0 run to lead by three after a jumper by Fred Landers at 15:41. Florida Tech trailed by one, 18-17, at 9:11 but Lynn pulled ahead by six after an and-one play by Landers at 8:15. A layup by Chris Carter knotted the Panthers with the Blue & White at 7:03 but Lynn once again reclaimed its lead in which it would hang on to at halftime to have a one-basket advantage, 35-33, at the break.
Lynn shot 43.8 percent from the field in the opening half and was led by Landers who had a team-high nine points. Carter led all scorers with 12 points helping FIT to shoot 44.8 percent from the field. Both teams struggled from the free throw line as neither shot above 43 percent. Lynn out-rebounded the visitors 27-16 with Cory Thomas and Pavle Raickovic each having six boards.
With 11 minutes to play in the game, Lynn held a 11-point advantage, 55-44, over Florida Tech. The Panthers began to slowly chip away and cut their deficit to three, 57-54, when a trey by Caleb Wigginton capped off a 10-2 run for FIT. Florida Tech took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game at 7:19 after a pair of free throws by Carter. Berry hit a shot from downtown to give the Fighting Knights a six-point lead with 6:15 left in regulation. The two teams would exchange baskets throughout the next five minutes until Carter made a jumper with a minute to go giving FIT a 5-point lead. Lynn was unable to recover as the buzzer wound down and three costly missed free throws by the Fighting Knights sealed the Panthers victory.
The Blue & White shot 43.3 percent from the field in the second stanza and was led by Harrison who had 16 points and five rebounds. Carter led the Panthers with 14 points while the visitors shot 50 percent from the field and 75 percent from downtown. Lynn held a slight advantage in rebounds, 18-16, in the final 20 minutes and blocked five shots.
Harrison was joined in double figures by Russell Wilson and Berry who each had 10 points. Wilson dished out a game-high five assists while senior Cory Thomas had five points, a team-high nine boards and four blocks.
Lynn will travel to Kissimmee for the SSC Tournament which Begins March 6. The Fighting Knights 10-6 SSC record gave them their highest tournament seed in nearly a decade. Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com when they take on Florida Tech at 2:30 pm on Friday.
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