Panthers Stumble At Home Against Lynn, 87-70
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // January 29, 2015
Corbin Jackson earned his 10th double-double
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech ended the first half of Sunshine State Conference play with an 87-70 loss to Lynn Wednesday night at the Clemente Center.
With eight more conference games remaining, the Panthers are 12-7 overall and 2-6 in league action, while the Fighting Knights stand at 13-4, 6-2 SSC.
After trailing by as many as 18 points within the first 10 minutes of the game, FIT engineered an 11-0 run to open the second half and take a four-point lead following a layup by Jordan Majors.
With Panther fans suddenly feeling a sense of optimism Lynn quickly silenced the crowd with a 15-2 run of its own in less than a three-minute span.
From there, Lynn controlled the final 13 minutes with the help of Pavle Raickovic’s 17 second-half points and FIT’s nine turnovers.
“We had a huge run coming out of the locker,” head coach Billy Mims said.
“I thought we played really well the first four or five minutes of the second half and we got ourselves in position to compete.
They went to a full-court press and the turnovers just killed us. We had 18 turnovers tonight and the majority of those came in the second half during that big run.”
Lynn converted the Panthers’ miscues into 28 points. They also shot 49-percent from the field to FIT’s 38-percent and held a clear advantage on the glass, 43-35.
“The bottom line is we were too sloppy with the basketball and turned the ball over way too much,” Mims said. “We made life really easy for them and they beat us up on the boards. We just don’t win when we get out-rebounded. I thought the main reason that we lost the game tonight is because Lynn just outworked us. They outworked us in the first half and in the second half.”
Corbin Jackson earned his 10th double-double of the season and his fifth straight. In 36 minutes, he totaled a team-high 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Caleb Wigginton scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, finishing with 15 points. Chris Carter supplied 14 points with a game-high six assists.
The loss against Lynn ends an eight-game winning streak against the Fighting Knights dating back to the 2011-12 season.
FIT opens the second half of conference play on Saturday at Eckerd at 4 p.m. In the first SSC game of the season for both teams on Dec. 6, the Tritons walked away with a 78-70 victory.
Pay-per-view video, free FIT audio and live stats will be available on Saturday at FloridaTechSports.com