MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University men's basketball team hits the road to meet Florida Southern at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Buccaneers (6-3, 1-0 Sunshine State Conference) are coming off two straight overtime wins, the latter an 86-80 victory over Florida Tech Wednesday to open league play.
Barry lost to the No. 27 nationally-ranked Moccasins (8-1, 1-0 SSC) in both meetings last season. The Bucs dropped a four-point contest at home in February.
Florida Southern is the league's top-scoring team, averaging 84.6 points per game. Barry has allowed opponents to score 80 or more points in only two of its nine games.
The Mocs have three players scoring in double figures in junior guard Dominic Lane (16.6 ppg, 6.2 reb), senior guard Seth Evans (14 ppg) and junior forward Lamar McKnight (12.1 ppg, 5.6 reb).
The Buccaneers have four players averaging in double figures with senior guard Justin McCoy (13.7 ppg, 3.6 apg), senior guard Bryan Van Cott (13.4 ppg), senior forward Aaron Martin (11.9 ppg, 4.3 reb) and senior guard Chad Renfro (11.6 ppg, 5.6 reb).
LAST TIME OUT: Barry opened SSC play with an 86-80 overtime win over Florida Tech in Miami Shores as Aaron Martin scored 21 points.
SERIES RECORD: Barry is 14-42 all-time against the Mocs ... Barry lost to Florida Southern, 71-67, in Miami Shores in the last meeting Feb. 11, 2012.
EYES ON OPPONENT: The Mocs are ranked No. 27 in NCAA Division II ... Florida Southern leads the SSC in scoring (84.6) ... The Mocs also lead the league in offensive rebounds (14.8), assists (17.7), steals (12.8) and turnover margin (+8.8) ... Dominic Lane is averaging 16.6 ppg and 6.2 reb ... Seth Evans is averaging 14 ppg and 4.0 apg.
PUTTING A LID ON IT: Barry is ranked 26th in the nation in field goal percentage defense ... The Bucs are holding opponents to 39.7 percent.
TORIC LEADS SSC: Senior F Filip Toric ranks 55th in the country and first in the SSC in rebounding ... He is averaging 8.4 boards per game.
A-MART’s ASCENCION: Senior F Aaron Martin has scored 20 points or more twice this season ... He is coming off a career-best 21 points in Wednesday’s overtime win over Florida Tech.
SSC SCORING: Senior G Justin McCoy ranks 12th in the league in scoring (13.7), senior G/F Bryan Van Cott is 13th (13.4), senior F Aaron Martin is 19th (11.9) and senior G Chad Renfro is 20th (11.6).
VAN COTT IS HOT: Senior G/F Bryan Van Cott is shooting 44.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc ... He ranks sixth in the SSC in three-point FG percentage.
FREE THROW PERFECTION: Bryan Van Cott’s 10-for-10 free throw shooting effort vs. Florida Tech is tied for fifth all-time in single-game school history, along with Vladimir Raymonvil, who was 10 of 10 last year against Johnson & Wales ... Calix N’Diaye holds the record, going 14-for-14 at Florida Southern on Feb. 12, 2005 ... Eight Bucs have shot perfect from the free throw line in a game this year: Van Cott (10-for-10, 7-for-7), Aaron Martin (6-for-6), Damien Dwaine (6-for-6), Chad Renfro (6-for-6, 2-for-2), Filip Toric (4-for-4), Raymonvil (2-for-2), Garrett Naughton (2-for-2) and Bouna N’Diaye (2-for-2) ... The Bucs are shooting 71.4 percent from the line this season.