BOCA RATON, Fla. – It was a tale of two halves for the newly named sixth-ranked Florida Southern College men's basketball team, as the Mocs held off a late Lynn rally, winning 97-92. The Mocs led by as many as 20 points late in the first half, though never relinquished the lead, to improve to 20-2 on the season, and 12-2 inside the Sunshine State Conference. Lynn drops to 9-11 overall, and 5-9 in the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first three minutes of the game saw both teams making plays offensively, matching baskets en route to a 9-9 tie, with exactly 16:53 remaining in the first half. That's when the Mocs got rolling with a 12-0 run, led by senior Brett Hanson, who scored eight points in that run.
- After a Lynn basket, junior forward Jalyn Hinton hit a jumper, then slammed home an exciting dunk off of a Lynn turnover to push the lead to 25-11. On the next Southern possession, Hanson grabbed an offensive rebound and laid the ball in to cap a 6-0 run.
- Minutes later, the lead would extend to 17 points, as Rauch nailed another triple, making the score 34-17 with 11:08 remaining in the half.
- The Fighting Knights would rally with their own 7-0 run, but the Mocs were too strong.
- Junior forward Brandon Carroll would knock down a triple at the 6:51 mark, giving Southern its largest lead of the game, 20 points, at 45-25.
- Lynn would rally late, making the score 52-38 at the half.
- To start the second half, Rauch would make a pair of free throws, after a technical foul was assessed to the Lynn bench. Lynn would then start an 11-2 run, trimming the lead to just seven points, 56-49, with 17:01 to play.
- Minutes later, the lead was down to five, 62-57, at the 14:09 mark.
- Senior guard Jair Rodgers would counter with a three-pointer, and Rauch would follow with a jumper, and the Mocs had a bit of a cushion again.
- The teams traded buckets, with Hinton making a fast-break layup at 8:20, to provide the Mocs a 12-point lead, 77-65.
- Lynn would cut the lead to four points at 3:34, then to just two points at 3:06.
- On the ensuing Southern possession, Hinton grabbed an offensive rebound and fed Hanson, who was fouled while making a layup from right under the basket. He made the ensuing free throw, and the lead extended back to five points.
- Southern would make free throws down the stretch, sealing the win, 97-92.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- While the teams each grabbed 39 rebounds, Lynn held a decided advantage on the offensive glass, 16-7. The extra possessions for the Fighting Knights led to 22 second chance points, which fueled their second half run.
- Hanson led all scorers with 23 points, making ten baskets and three free throws. Rauch added 22 points, making five shots, including three threes, while converting nine of ten free throw attempts.
- Carroll added 16 points, a team-high ten rebounds, and seven assists, while Hinton added 12 points and seven rebounds.
- The Runnin' Mocs recorded 31 fast break points, while holding Lynn to 13.
- Southern has now reeled off eight consecutive victories, and remains in second place in the SSC.
- Hanson added 23 points for the second straight game, and now has 2,041 points for his illustrious career, the third-highest total in school history. He has also tallied 791 rebounds, good for seventh in the program's record book. His 201 steals are good for seventh, while his assist total of 403 ranks ninth.
- Southern returns the friendly confines of the Jenkins Field House for games against Florida Tech (Feb. 8) and Rollins (Feb. 12).