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Eckerd slump continues with home loss to Rollins

Eckerd is starting to distance itself from Sunshine State Conference opponents. Unfortunately for the Tritons, it's the opponents who are pulling away.

Eckerd, hoping to win its first regular-season conference championship since 1995, may have to wait another year after a 72-63 loss to Rollins on Saturday night. The Tritons (12-8, 4-4) fell three games behind Florida Southern and two games behind Rollins and Lynn.

Eckerd has lost three of four. Rollins is 16-4.

"We got outplayed in our gym," Eckerd coach Tom Ryan said. "I don't mind losing at home as long as we play hard. But we got outplayed. There is no excuse for that."

Rollins guard Eric Faber scored a career-high 36, including 17 of 19 free throws. Isaac Codrey was the Tars' next highest scorer with nine.

Trailing 35-25 at halftime thanks to 39 percent shooting, the Tritons never made a run in the second half. The lead bulged to 50-33 midway through the half.

With 4:38 left the Tritons cut the lead to eight, but poor offense and five straight free throws by Faber put the game out of reach.

Sharrod McCree led Eckerd with 13 points and Anthony Washington added 12.

"We're not getting any better," Ryan said. "We take one step forward and then one backward. If we keep doing that we're not going to have the kind of season we want.

"We've got to find out who wants to play basketball and who just wants to come to the games. We've got to get people out there who want to play ball."

TROY STATE 76, UCF 64: The Knights had their 14-game winning streak end in front of the first sellout crowd at UCF Arena. Dexter Lyons led UCF with 21 points.

BARRY 74, TAMPA 64: The visiting Spartans (12-8, 4-4 SSC) fell behind 22-12 after 10 minutes. James Mereus led Tampa with 19 points.

Nation

MICHIGAN STATE 84, INDIANA 72: Paul Davis scored a career-high 32 and the host Spartans put a close game away with a 25-7 run. Michigan State is tied for second in the Big Ten with the Hoosiers, a half-game behind Wisconsin. Bracey Wright led Indiana with 29 points.

_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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