BOCA RATON, Fla. – Sophomore Allen Baez and senior David Johnson turned in impressive individual performances Friday night to help lead the Lynn University men's basketball team to a 101-92 victory over Southern Nazarene University on the opening night of Lynn's Residence Inn Boca Raton Holiday Classic.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 101, Southern Nazarene 92
Records: Lynn (6-3), SNU (3-6)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
Series: First meeting
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Johnson knocked down a long-range trey to cap off Lynn's game-opening 11-3 run.
- After getting out to a smooth start, a triple technical foul from Lynn gave the visitors an extended trip to the charity stripe. Southern Nazarene's CJ Rodriguez converted all six attempts to steal the lead from the Fighting Knights.
- With 4:50 left in the opening period and trailing by one, Lynn recaptured the momentum in the building with a breakaway dunk from Johnson, followed by back-to-back triples from Ben Berry and Johnson.
- SNU's Garrett Butler sunk a three-pointer with under a minute left in the frame to put the visitors on a 5-0 run and knot up the score at 42-42 heading into the locker room. SNU finished the half 14-of-15 from the free-throw line.
- Johnson closed out the first half leading Lynn in points (12) and rebounds (5).
- Lynn utilized an 8-0 run early into the second half to build a 52-45 advantage.
- Three consecutive free throws from CJ White gave the edge back to the visitors with under 12 minutes to play.
- With Lynn trailing by one (63-61), Baez got hot from the floor, scoring eight of his team's next 12 points.
- The Blue & White were able to grab their largest lead of the game with 4:09 remaining (84-69) and closed out the win over the Crimson Storm from the free-throw line. Dante Scholl iced the victory with seven foul shots in the final minute.
STATS OF THE GAME:
- Baez stepped up big in the second half, commanding the offense from the point position. The sophomore finished with a career-high 20 points, shooting 7-of-8 from the field and 6-of-9 from the line. He also chipped in four assists and two steals.
- Johnson led all players on the floor in points (22), blocks (3) and rebounds (7). He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and added four helpers.
- Fred Landers continued his trend of scoring 15+ in each game this season, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
- Jamal Palmer (13) and Berry (11) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Fighting Knights. Palmer went 4-for-6 from the field while Berry's two three-pointers tied the team-high (Johnson).
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Turnovers played a critical factor in the outcome of Friday night's contest. Lynn was limited to just eight, its lowest since the season-opener, while the Crimson Storm committed 25. Lynn also held the edge in points-off-turnovers, 26-15.
- Lynn scored over 100 points for the second time this season, going 1-1 in those games.
- Baez hadn't scored over eight points in a game yet this season until exploding for 20 on Friday.
Lynn returns to its home court tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 19 to close out the Holiday Classic at 7:30 p.m. against Florida Memorial. For more information on the tournament, click here.