Men's Basketball Hits Roadblock at Rollins

Men's Basketball Hits Roadblock at Rollins
Chad Renfro scored 14 points and had eight boards, but Barry lost at Rollins. Photo by Jason Roberts

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Barry University men's basketball team caught Rollins at the wrong time.

Barry fell behind early and could not recover in an 86-67 loss to the Tars at Warden Arena Wednesday night.

Barry trailed 52-30 at halftime, despite another torrid performance by Evan White. He hit six triples in the first half, but Barry shot 10 of 28 collectively from the field. Rollins hit 57.6 percent of its first half shots to build the 22-point lead.

The Bucs, which have been hot from the perimeter the past two weeks, buried nine first half triples.

White hit a slashing layup, and Justin McCoy sank a pair of free throws just before the midway point in the second half, allowing Barry to draw within 17 in a game the Tars led by 26 just 1:25 into the second half. Rollins built its lead back to 25 within a five-minute span before White buried his career-best seventh triple of the contest with just over 3:00 left.

But Barry (8-9, 3-3 Sunshine State Conference) couldn't creep over the .500 mark. Rollins bumped its record to 12-4 overall, 5-1 in the league.

White has averaged 21.3 points over the past three games.

The Buccaneers shot 38.5 percent from the field, while the Tars knocked down 52.5 percent of their shots. Barry hit 13 triples and sank 82.4 percent of their free throws. But 17 Barry turnovers led to 24 Tars points, and the Bucs weren't credited for any transition buckets. Rollins committed seven turnovers.

Chad Renfro scored 14 points and had eight rebounds and two steals for Barry, which hosts Eckerd 4 p.m. Saturday at Health & Sports Center in Miami Shores. McCoy finished with 11 points, and Jermaine Edwards had eight rebounds.

Derrick Bolanos dished out four assists, and Bryan Van Cott scored nine points for Barry. Rollins' Jeremy Sharpe scored 20 points, and Ian Scott 18.

Barry, which ranks eighth in the nation in blocked shots per game, was not credited for any blocks. Rollins had two.

The Buccaneers outrebounded the Tars, 34-31.