The Nova Southeastern men’s basketball team won its final regular-season game of the season Saturday, defeating the Barry Buccaneers 61-57 on the road.
The win placed the Sharks sixth in the upcoming Sunshine State Conference tournament.
Lukas Roesch led the Sharks with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting.
He scored the final bucket of the game, which put the Sharks (15-11, 7-9) up by four points with 11 seconds left.
Iran Hollis and Brian Cahill each had a team-best nine rebounds.
Cahill also chipped in a game-high six assists. Justin Jeangerard added 13 points and seven rebounds.
“This game was about toughness, it was about heart, it was about pride,” Nova Southeastern coach Gary Tuell said. “All the things you don’t know your team has until they compete. It wasn’t always pretty; we had too many turnovers. In the end, we did what we have been doing for the last eight games, we had fun. I’ve never been more proud of a team than this one.”
The Sharks controlled the first half against Barry (13-13, 6-10) but did not run away with the game. Barry had its only lead of the game just 30 seconds in at 3-2, but the Sharks responded with a 10-3 run. Barry came within a point of the Sharks but never took the lead. NSU led at the break 30-24.
Six minutes into the second half, NSU secured its first double-digit lead at 43-33 on a Roesch layup with 14:51 remaining. Four minutes later, Sean Mullan hit a three-point shot to give NSU its largest lead at 53-41.
From there, the Sharks allowed the home team to slowly creep back into the contest.
Barry responded to Mullan’s three-pointer with a 10-2 run, caused by by four consecutive turnovers without a single shot attempt.
The situation only worsened when Hollis, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, fouled out with 3:36 left to play.
Barry salvaged a split in a Sunshine State Conference softball doubleheader at Saint Leo’s University Stadium. The Lions the first game 5-3, but the Buccaneers rallied for a 4-2 victory in the nightcap.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Barry (12-7, 1-2 SSC) rallied for four runs, including a three-run double by Julie Brito that gave the Bucs the lead. Kelly Martinez added an RBI single to score Brito.
Alexis Yohe (5-3) set the Lions down in order in the bottom of the inning to complete the game and earn the win.
In seven innings, she allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks and struck out five.
Ashley Ehlers (2-2) worked two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk to get tagged with the loss.
The Bucs rallied from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead in the first game, when Brito belted her second homer of the season in the fifth inning. But Saint Leo’s Kelsey LaNeave answered with a two-run homer of her own in the sixth as the Lions prevailed.
Ehlers earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. She gave up a hit and a walk and struck out two.
Britney Pugh (1-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.
The Bucs go back on the road Tuesday as they tackle the Saints of Flagler College in St. Augustine.