MIAMI SHORES, Fla. - Jair Rodgers nailed six three-pointers and Brett Hanson tallied a double-double as Florida Southern College men's basketball took down Barry, 80-74, in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Cesar Odio Court. The No. 18 Moccasins (4-1, 1-1 SSC) led for nearly the entire contest as they topped the Buccaneers (3-2, 0-1) on the road for the second-straight time.
Rodgers finished with 20 points and went 6-of-13 from beyond the arc, while Hanson put up 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Mocs used an early 16-0 run to erase a four-point deficit en route to the win. Florida Southern will host New Haven (Nov. 29) and No. 9 Valdosta State (Nov. 30) at the Terrace Hotel Thanksgiving Classic next week.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern found itself in an early 4-0 hole but ripped off 16 points in a row to take a 12-point lead (16-4) with 12:51 to go in the first half. Hanson got the scoring run started with a layup at the 18:36 mark, and Jack Rauch capped it off with a layup less than six minutes later to give Southern all the momentum. Rodgers drilled a pair of three-pointers during the scoring run and the Moccasin defense held Barry to an 0-of-10 mark from the floor during that stretch.
- The Moccasins' lead would never be less than nine for the remainder of the first half and swelled to as many as 15 points (31-16) on a Hanson layup with 6:39 on the clock. Southern held Barry to an abysmal 27.0 percent (10-of-37) from the floor in the first half and connected on 41.9 percent (18-of-43) of its shots. The Mocs led 42-30 at the half.
- Things would get interesting in the early stages of the second half as Barry slowly chipped away at the deficit until it was able to pull within two (62-60) on Evan Walshe's three with 7:34 to play, but the Mocs answered right back when Brandon Carroll connected on a layup to push the lead back to four (64-60) on the next possession. The bucket sparked a small 9-2 run that put the Moccasins up by nine (71-62) with 3:40 to go.
- But Barry did not go away easily, once again slicing the deficit to a manageable four points (73-69) with 1:35 left. That's when Xavier Rhodes came up with perhaps two of the biggest plays of the game when he hit a layup with 56 seconds to go to make it 75-69 and hit a layup after being fouled on Southern's next possession to give Florida Southern a seven-point lead (76-69).
- Barry was able to score twice in the closing moments, including a three right before the buzzer, but the Moccasins made four layups in the final 30 seconds to come away with the win.
- The Mocs finished the day with a 39.7 percent (31-of-78) mark from the floor and held Barry to just 31.9 percent (23-of-72). The Bucs made 22-of-28 free throws while Southern made just 10-of-20, but the Mocs outscored the Buccaneers 16-5 on the fast break.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern improved to 51-22 all-time against Barry, including a 20-12 mark when facing the Bucs on the road. The Mocs have won two-straight at Barry for the first time in more than six years. Florida Southern defeated Barry on the road in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
- Rodger's six three-pointers are the most for any Moccasin since Jan. 5, 2019, when Jonathan Lawton nailed eight in an overtime victory against Lynn.
- Hanson had his 18th career double-double and has scored in double figures in 26 games in a row dating back to last season. He pushed his career scoring total to 1,649 and needs just 14 more to pass former Moccasin all-American Jerry Johnson for seventh in school history. Hanson also has 672 career rebounds, moving him into 13th in program history. His two steals on Saturday pushed him into 7th in school history with 168.
- Florida Southern will play its next seven games at home to end the calendar year. The Mocs host New Haven (Nov. 29) and No. 9 Valdosta State (Nov. 30) at the Terrace Hotel Thanksgiving Classic. December will see the Moccasins face Saint Leo (Dec. 4), Lindenwood (Dec. 7), and Lynn (Dec. 14), Northwood (Dec. 20), and American International (Dec. 21) to close out the homestand.