Lakeland, Fla. – Lynn University's men's basketball team could not contain the three-point shooting Florida Southern, falling to the Moccasins 80-70 in the opening round of the Sunshine State Conference Championship. Four Fighting Knights scored in double-figures led by Michael Baez and his 17 points.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Florida Southern 80, Lynn 70
Records: Florida Southern (20-9), Lynn (14-13)
Location: Jenkins Fieldhouse | Lakeland, Fla.
All-time Series: FSC leads 38-14
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Baez shot 4-of-11 from the field and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
- Jamal Palmer knocked down 6-of-11 shots from the field for 14 points while Brandon Bornelius and Rasheed Worrell added 10 points apiece.
- Worrell led all players with 12 rebounds. Kevin O'Brien also logged double-digit boards with 10.
- Lynn shot 36.2% from the field but Florida Southern shot 50.9%.
- It was a tight first-half with the Blue and White hitting 25% and FSC a mere 38.5% but the Mocs opened up their offense with 10 three-pointers made out of 15 shots.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Worrell recorded his first double-double of the season and his 12 rebounds tied a season-high set on Nov. 18.
- Baez's 17 points were one shy of his season-high. He scored 18 at Embry-Riddle on Feb. 10 and had 17 against Palm Beach Atlantic on Feb. 7.
- Bornelius logged seven assists, giving him 11 games with at least five assists in a game.
- This is the second time Florida Southern has ended Lynn's SSC Championship hopes under head coach Jeff Price. It last happened in the 2015 SSC Tournament semifinals (79-66).
- Baez and Ryan Peterson each surpassed 1,000 career points this year. Baez tallied 924 points at Wingate prior to his time at Lynn and scored 277 this year. Peterson scored 760 pionts at Pace and added 266 this season.
- Jamal Palmer has 859 career points and is poised to join the 1,000-point club in 2018-19.
Lynn ends its season 14-13 overall. The team returns all five starters and 10 of 14 letterwinners, including Palmer, Baez and Peterson. For more information, check out LynnFightingKnights.com.