Women’s basketball defeats Tars; Men fall short

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Camille Giardina shoots during the Mocs 80-60 blowout of the Tars.

Reems Landreth

The Florida Southern men’s basketball team fell to rival Rollins College last Saturday night in a thrilling double-overtime shootout, while the women’s team cruised through Rollins by 20 points.

The Women’s team kicked off the evening by cruising through Rollins 80-60.

They started the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back. Junior Mercedez Claybrone broke into the double-digit lead (15-4) with 4:41 left in the first period to solidify the outcome of the game. Rollins was unable to bring the lead to within five over the remaining three periods with Florida Southern leading by 22 at the half (49-27).

The women’s team rode the halftime lead throughout the second half to win the game 80-60.

The dominating effort was led by juniors Camille Giardina and Anja Fuchs-Robertin and senior Jensen Blassage. These three combined for 54 points on 35 shots.

Florida Southern improves to 51-51 all- time against Rollins. This win keeps Florida Southern atop the conference leaderboard with seven conference wins.

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Brett Hansen dunks a ball during the 111-117 loss to Rollins

The Men’s team tipped off to a crowd of 400 and quickly stumbled to a strong start from the Tars. The Mocs were able to come back and put together a 14-point lead with 8:15 left in the first half.

Florida Southern kept a five point lead(48-43) at the half before Rollins took control of the game at the beginning of the second half. Rollins pushed through to create a 11-point lead (87-76) with less than four minutes left on the clock.

The men’s team clawed back from a ten point deficit with 2:46 left in regulation to send the game to overtime. The Mocs could not put together a play at the end of overtime, which kept it tied at 104 to force double overtime. Rollins outlasted Florida Southern to win the night 117-111.

The Mocs sit at 119-57 all time against the Tars. The men’s team sits at ninth on the conference standings (3-6).

These games were School Pride Passport credit. For a full list of Passport events, visit MocSync.

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