LAKELAND, Fla. – The ninth-ranked Florida Southern College men's basketball team completed the season sweep of the Barry University Buccaneers with a 97-80 victory inside the Streamline Sale Arena in the Jenkins Field House on Saturday night. The Mocs improved to 17-2 overall, and 9-2 inside the SSC, while the Buccaneers fall to 13-4, and 7-3 in the SSC.
Senior Brett Hanson recorded 30 points for the second-consecutive game as he was one of four Moccasins with double-digit point totals. Jack Rauch had 23 points, while E.J. Dambreville had 13 and Jalyn Hinton added another 11 points. Rauch was one rebound shy of his career total as he brought down nine offensive and six defensive rebounds for 15 on the night. Hinton joined him with 11 rebounds in the double-digit category.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- For the second straight game, Hanson recorded the game's first points as he put away a floating jumper. After the two teams continued to trade makes, Hinton put away back-to-back layups to give the home team an 8-4 lead at the 16:33 mark of the opening half. The Mocs would never relinquish the lead.
- The Florida Southern offense would go cold over a two-minute span as the two teams would make five trips to each end of the court resulting in just four points for the visitors. The Mocs would look to put some room between them and the Bucs however, Barry used a trip to the charity stripe to cut the Mocs lead to just one, 17-16. At this point, Dambreville took it upon himself to give the home team a lead as he singlehandedly would go on a 7-0 run for a 24-16 lead at the 9:20 mark of the first half.
- Florida Southern took its first double-digit lead at the 7:31 mark of the first half as Jair Rodgers forced a Buccaneer turnover and took the fast break layup home to give FSC a 30-20 advantage. This would spark a 7-2 run for the home team to extend the lead to 13 points.
- Shortly, the Mocs would head to the free throw on three consecutive possessions, converting all six attempts, which led the Mocs to their biggest lead (51-30) of the first half, 21 points. The Bucs would get the last basket of the half as Tylan Birts ran the length of the court and bested the Mocs defense for two. The Mocs would take a 19-point lead into the break.
- Just as Barry closed out the first half they would open it with a Tylan Birts basket. Over the first four minutes of the second half, Barry would cut the Mocs lead down to as little as 13, but the home team would not falter as they had answers to maintain their lead. Hanson would grab an offense rebound and go the length of the court for a layup, which began a streak of seven consecutive points he would score. That began an 11-0 run for the Mocs. This once again put the Mocs back up by 21 at 12:18 in the second half for a 52-73 lead.
- Over the final half of the game, the Mocs would maintain a double-digit lead. Dambreville would bring the crowd to their feet as he slammed home a fast-break dunk. Florida Southern would win the game 97-80 to complete the season sweep of the Bucs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern scored 23 points off 20 Buccaneer turnovers while the Mocs saw nine turnovers lead to only six points for Barry.
- Despite the 17-point difference, the Mocs were outshot from the field as they finished with a 43.5 field goal percentage to 44.9% by the Bucs.
- FSC out-rebounded Barry by 10, 52-42.
- Hanson pushed his career scoring total to 1,966, the third-highest total in school history. The senior needs just 34 points to become just the third player in program history to record 2,000 career points. He has also tallied 772 rebounds, good for seventh in the program's record book. His 193 steals are good for seventh, while his assist total of 393 ranks ninth.
- Florida Southern will close out the month of January at Saint Leo (Jan. 29) and will open February with a meeting with the Eagles of Embry-Riddle (Feb. 1).