Bailey, Evans Lead Mocs To Big Road Win
The Moccasins held off a late rally by Barry and earned a much-needed Sunshine State Conference road win over the Buccaneers, 71-67, Saturday at Miami Shores.
That put the Moccasins over the .500 mark at 7-6 in the SSC, 14-8 overall, while Barry fell to 11-13, 5-7 in the SSC.
A 22-point night from Brett Bailey and Seth Evans’ first-ever double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds led the Moccasins. Dominic Lane tossed in 13 points and Tyler Kelly matched his season high with 11 points.
Evans’ jumper with 8:47 left in the first half gave the Moccasins a 20-18 advantage and they stretched it to a seven-point halftime margin, 37-30. However, Barry outscored the Moccasins 21-13 in the first 7:28 of the second half and took a 51-50 lead on Vladimir Raymonvil’s three-pointer with 12:32 remaining. The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes before Bailey’s layup at the 10:27 mark put the Moccasins back in front to stay.
The Moccasins still had to withstand a late Barry charge. A three-point play by Chad Renfro trimmed the Moccasins’ lead to 62-61 with 2:27 left. Evans hit a jumper to get the lead back to three at the 2:15 mark. Barry got as close as two points twice in the final 69 seconds, but the Moccasins were able to hold them off on a basket by Bailey with 43 seconds to go and three free throws by Evans in the final 27 seconds to preserve the win. After Barry’s Justin McCoy hit a three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to make it 69-67, Evans answered with a pair of free throws with 11 seconds to go to hand Barry its first home SSC loss in six outings this season. The win was just the Moccasins’ second SSC road win in seven tries.
Bailey and Garrett Putman each collected eight rebounds to go with Evans’ game-high 10, giving the Moccasins a 46-31 rebounding advantage.
With their win, Moccasins moved back into fourth place in the SSC, as Lynn lost to Florida Tech, 80-67, dropping the Fighting Knights’ SSC mark to 6-6.
The Moccasins take on Saint Leo Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Jenkins Field House. The Lions stunned Rollins, 71-45, Saturday at Rollins, dropping the Tars’ SSC record to 7-5.