Career-High 27 For Lane As Mocs Dump Sharks
With Dominic Lane scoring a career-high 27 points and Cameron Vines adding a season-high 16, the Moccasins held off a second-half rally by Nova Southeastern to top the Sharks 94-85 Saturday night at Jenkins Field House.
Recording their seventh straight Jenkins Field House win over the Sharks, the Moccasins improved to 13-7 overall, 6-5 in the Sunshine State Conference, while Nova fell to 9-11, 4-7 in the SSC.
Lane, whose previous high had been 23 against Malone Dec. 19, was equally effective in both halves, scoring 13 in the first half and 14 in the second half. He was 7-17 from the field, including four three-pointers and hit nine of 12 from the free throw line. He also had a team-high six rebounds.
The Moccasins battled back from a 20-14 deficit at the 10:02 mark in the first half to take a 40-37 lead at halftime, despite a 72.2 shooting percentage by the Sharks. The Sharks pulled even twice in the early minutes of the second half before the Moccasins went on a 23-12 run that pushed their advantage to 67-56 with 9:35 remaining. That's when the Sharks made their run, outscoring the Moccasins 17-8 to get as close as 75-73 at the 3:42 mark. The Moccasins answered with an 8-0 spurt that pushed the lead to back to 10 with 1:38 left.
With the Sharks forced to foul, the Moccasins didn't score a basket from the field in that final 1:38, but hit 11 of 14 free throws, the last four coming from Lane.
Both teams enjoyed good shooting nights. Led by 26 points from Iran Hollis, Nova finished the game shooting 60% from the field, 8-19 from three-point range and 17 of 22 from the free throw line. The Moccasins shot 52.7% from the field, hit seven of 22 three-pointers and were 29 of 35 at the free throw line.
The Moccasins capiatalized on 18 Nova turnovers to score 25 points and commited just a season-low six turnovers themselves.
Wednesday the Moccasins are on the road for a 7:30 p.m. game in St. Petersburg against SSC leader Eckerd.