Published On: Tue, Jan 24th, 2017

Three-Pointers Can’t Save Fighting Knights as They Fall to Eckerd

By: Michael Demyan

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The loss to Eckerd was the first at home for the Fighting Knights since Nov. 19. Photo Credit: Victoria Alvarez, Lynn Athletic Communications

The Lynn University Fighting Knights never held a lead the entire game as they dropped their second straight with a 70-54 loss at home to Eckerd College on Saturday.

The loss is their sixth of the season, but it is only the second time they have come up short at the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center. They had won seven-straight at home, with their last loss coming on Nov. 19.

Eckerd jumped out to a quick lead with an 8-0 run to start off the game, but thanks to some three-point shooting from the Fighting Knights’ Terrell Rogers and Marquan Botley, they promptly narrowed the gap to 10-9.

The three-pointers were not enough to keep them in the game however, as they trailed 36-22 at halftime.

The Fighting Knights were unable to get many shots close to the basket in the first half of the game. Although they went 6-of-10 from behind the arc, they were only able to make one jump shot that was not a three-pointer.

Eckerd held onto their momentum to begin the second half with baskets from Trevon Young and Kevin Walsh to extend their lead to 40-22.

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Allen Baez cuts through the Eckerd defense. Photo Credit: Victoria Alvarez, Lynn Athletic Communications

The scoring continued to stay steady with Eckerd having a strong control of the lead. A three-pointer from Kevin O’Brien brought the Fighting Knights to within 13, but consistent shooting from Eckerd gave them a 21 point lead with 6:11 left.

As the game starting coming to a close, the Fighting Knights started to find a little bit of life. They made four of their last six shots, capped off by a dunk from O’Brien in the final second, but Eckerd walked away with a dominant 70-54 win.

The victory for Eckerd continued their success against the Fighting Knights as this was their fifth win in a row against them. Kevin Walsh led the team with 14 points.

Botley led in scoring for the Fighting Knights with 14 points, followed by O’Brien with 10.

The Fighting Knights next matchup will be Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m at Palm Beach Atlantic.

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