Moccasins Look to Even the Score Saturday Against Nova Southeastern
Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern will do battle for the second time this year when they meet Saturday night in Jenkins Field House, and the Moccasins (12-7, 5-5) are looking to even the season series after a 90-79 loss to the Sharks (9-10, 4-6) four weeks ago in Davie. They're also looking to hold off both Nova and Lynn (12-10, 5-5) in the middle of the SSC standings, and stay within striking distance of first place.
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Florida Southern Probable Starters:
F, #40, Brett Bailey (14.7 pts., 7.6 rebs., .550 fg%)
G, #00, Kevin Capers (14.3 pts., 2.6 rebs., 3.4 asts.)
G, #1, Cameron Vines (6.5 pts., 4.8 rebs.)
G, #5, Dominic Lane (10.9 pts., 5.4 rebs., 2.2 asts.)
G, #14, Tyler Kelly (5.3 pts., 2.1 rebs., 3.9 asts.)
SERIES HISTORY... Florida Southern is 18-5 all-time against Nova Southeastern, with a 9-4 record against the Sharks since Linc Darner arrived in 2006-07. During that time they're 6-1 against the Sharks in Jenkins Field House and defeated them twice at home last year. The first time was an 85-81 win during the regular season, and the second was a 79-69 win in the first round of the SSC Tournament. Nova's earlier 90-79 win this season snapped a 9-game losing streak to the Moccasins.
ABOUT FLORIDA SOUTHERN... The Moccasins have dropped their last two games to Rollins and Florida Tech, which has also dropped them into fifth place in the Sunshine State Conference. However, the Mocs still trail the SSC co-leaders Florida Tech, Rollins and Eckerd by only two games, and by virtue of the remaining schedule could still close the gap on at least one of them simply by winning their own games. They'd be assured of picking up one game on Saturday since Rollins is at Eckerd that afternoon. Florida Southern's most recent game at Florida Tech was its second overtime loss of the season (83-82). The Mocs had the lead in overtime until the Panthers scored after an offensive rebound with 5.4 seconds to play. The Mocs still lead the SSC in scoring offense at 81.0 points per game, and are also first in turnover margin while averaging a league-low 14.3 per game. Their turnover margin is also good for seventh in Division II. Seth Evans (16.4 ppg.) and Brett Bailey (14.7 ppg.) are both in the top five of the SSC in scoring and Kevin Capers (14.3 ppg.) is sixth after scoring 48 points in the last two games. Evans has been one of the league's best 3-point shooters too, and leads the SSC with 57, an average of 3.0 per game while shooting 38 percent from long range. Capers is Florida Southern's second leading scorer in conference play behind Evans. Meanwhile, Bailey, Garrett Putman (6.3 ppg., 6.1 rebs.) and Dominic Lane are all in the SSC's top ten in rebounding, and Tyler Kelly is now second in assists with a 3.9 average. In addition to being sixth in the league in scoring, Capers is also sixth in assists (3.4 avg.) and third in steals (2.2 avg.). Cameron Vines has become one of Florida Southern's most reliable shooters with a .476 percentage since joining the starting lineup on January 14.
ABOUT NOVA... The Sharks are looking to halt a 3-game losing streak that has seen them lose to Rollins, Barry and Eckerd. The loss to Barry came at the buzzer. Nova is averaging a little over 70 points per game, but the Sharks' highest scoring game of the season came in their earlier 90-79 win over Florida Southern. The Sharks shot 65 percent from the floor in that game and were 9-for-15 from 3-point range. It was their highest field goal percentage in a conference game since joining the SSC in 2003-04, and their second highest against any opponent in the last nine years. In that game, Nova got 24 points from Teddy Tassy, who went 8-for-10 from the floor and made all three of his 3-point attempts. Those 24 points are the most scored by any Nova player this year, and Tassy has three of their seven 20-point games. The senior guard is averaging 11.1 points for the season while shooting 46 percent overall and 38 percent from behind the arc (29-for-77). He also ranks second in the SSC to Florida Southern's Seth Evans in free throw percentage at .914. Nova's leading scorer is senior center Robert Huntington, who is averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 rebounds. He's also third in the SSC in field goal percentage (.578) and shoots 76 percent from the free throw line. He had one of the best games of his career against the Mocs in January with 17 points, five rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals. Junior forward Iran Hollis scores 10.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with a 6.1 average. He too ranks among the SSC leaders in field goal percentage and has helped Nova lead the league in that category, as well as lead the league in free throw percentage. Junior guard Tim Traversa leads Nova with 74 assists, tying him with Tyler Kelly for second in the SSC. Traversa is the only Nova player who has started more than 13 games.