BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Lynn University men's basketball team forced 27 turnovers in picking up an 86-59 non-conference victory over visiting Armstrong State University in both teams' 2014-15 season opener on Saturday evening in Boca Raton, Fla.
The Knights (1-0) shot 47.3 percent from the floor (35-of-74) and 58.3 percent from three-point range (9-of-28) in notching the victory over the Pirates (0-1) in the first meeting between the two teams since 1995. Lynn improved to 3-0 all-time against Armstrong with the victory.
Lynn started the game on an 11-1 run over the first two minutes and stretched that lead to 13 points, 44-31, at halftime. The Knights made 19-of-38 shots from the floor (50 percent) in building the double-digit lead while forcing 11 turnovers by the Pirates.
The second half saw the Knights bring even more pressure, holding Armstrong to just 10 field goals while creating 26 turnovers. Lynn opened the half on a 23-7 run and never looked back in picking up the victory.
Junior Shaquiell Mitchell led a trio of Pirates in double figures on the night with 12 points, while senior Emmanuel Tiluscar contributed 11 points before fouling out late in the second half. Junior Jonathan Blair added 10 points as well.
Lynn placed three players in double figures as well, led by Pavle Raickovic's 14 points and David Johnson's 13 points. Haki Stampley added 12 points for the Knights as well.
Armstrong returns to action on Friday, November 21st, traveling to Valdosta, Ga., for the Valdosta State Classic. The Pirates face Carver Bible at 6:00 p.m. in the first game of the Classic.