Men's Hoops Bump Eckerd, Create SSC Logjam at 4th

Men's Hoops Bump Eckerd, Create SSC Logjam at 4th
Justin McCoy came off the bench to score 16 points as Barry moved into third in the SSC. Photo by Jason Roberts

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry snapped its two-game losing streak with an 87-80 win over Eckerd College Saturday.

The Buccaneers canned 12 three-pointers, keeping pace with its recent hot-shooting trend from the perimeter to create a crowded tie for fourth place in the Sunshine State Conference.

Evan White knocked down five triples, and shot nine of 14 from the floor, despite playing with four fouls the better part of the second half.

Barry (9-9, 4-3 SSC) led by eight following Bryan Van Cott's triple at the 12:50 mark of the second half, but Wayne Sears tipped in an offensive rebound and Lance Kearse buried a triple to start a 10-0 Eckerd run to put the Tritons ahead by two. Emory Bennett's basket in the lane tied the game at 61-61, and Derrick Bolanos canned a three to push the Bucs back in front by two.

Chad Renfro hit a runner in the paint with 5:24 remaining to extend Barry's lead to six. He sank a pair from the stripe at the 3:06 mark to give the Buccaneers a 75-66 lead before it turned into a free throw contest. Barry went 17 of 24 from the line. Eckerd hit 19 of 30 free throws.

Barry outscored Eckerd, 31-12, in bench points.

The Tritons (11-5, 4-3) used 28 points and 13 rebounds from Lance Kearse to turn what was an 11-point Barry halftime lead into a momentum-seizing second half surge for Eckerd, which shot 50.9 percent from the floor. But the Bucs held the Tritons to 33.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Bryan Van Cott had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, and Justin McCoy finished with 16 points and three assists off the bench. Bolanos had six points, eight boards and two steals. Bennett had eight points and two blocks.

Alex Bodney scored 13 and Wayne Sears Jr. 10 for the Tritons.

Barry plays at St. Leo on Wednesday before returning home next Saturday for a 4 p.m. tipoff against Nova Southeastern.