BOCA RATON, Fla. – Jamal Palmer shouldered much of the offensive scoring load but received help off the bench from Michael Baez and Allen Baez as Lynn University's men's basketball team knocked off Saint Leo 77-68 on Saturday evening. Palmer scored a career-high 27 points while the Baez duo combined for 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
INSIDE THE MATHCUP:
Final: Lynn 77, Saint Leo 68
Records: Lynn (14-11, 11-8 SSC), Saint Leo (12-17, 8-10 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads 36-11
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Palmer had the feeling all day, shooting 11-of-16 from the field, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for his 27 points.
- He was more effective down the stretch, going 6-for-8 in the second half and a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown.
- Brandon Bornelus ran into foul trouble early so Allen Baez stepped up off the bench. He shot an efficient 3-of-4 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 2-for-2 at the charity stripe for 10 points. He also dished out eight assists.
- Baez part deux was effective on the glass, pulling down nine rebounds to go along with his 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 at the line.
- Rasheed Worrell also displayed his motor on the hardwood, cleaning the glass with nine rebounds and blocking three shots to go along with his 10 points.
- Saint Leo's Kryan McClure led the team with 16 points but was held to just three points in the second half, which included a three-pointer near the end of regulation.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Palmer's previous career-high for points in a game was 25, which he accomplished twice last season. This is also his fourth 20+ point game this year.
- The sophomore out of Delray Beach, Fla., also tied his career-best with five three-pointers made.
- Lynn's 47.8 percentage from three-point range was its third best of the year.
- Brandon Bornelus' 16 minutes played are the fewest he has played since entering the starting lineup and third-fewest on the year.
- Conversely, Allen Baez's 25 minutes are the most since Nova Southeastern on Nov. 15. His eight assists are a season-high while this is his first double-digit scoring effort since the season opener.
- Baez's eight dimes were one shy of a career-high and were the most since Feb. 18, 2017.
Lynn hosts Barry in its regular season finale on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The Fighting Knights will also honor its senior class of Allen Baez, Morgan Garrison, Traveon Henry and Chances Matlock prior to tip-off. Fans can watch the action live on the Lynn Sports Network.