JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Ivan Gandia-Rosa scored a career-high 26 points, 18 in the second half, and North Florida beat Lipscomb 102-96 on Thursday night.
North Florida (7-12, 1-1 Atlantic Sun) had lost five of its previous six games and the Bisons (11-6, 1-1) had won five of six, but the Ospreys built an 18-point second-half lead then held on in the final frantic few minutes.
North Florida outscored Lipscomb by 19 points over a 12-minute span with J.T. Escobar leading the way with 12 for an 85-68 lead with eight minutes remaining. An 8-0 run got Lipscomb within four with 57 seconds left after UNF was called for a pair of traveling violations. Gandia-Rosa, who made all 11 of his free throws, sank four from the line in the final 19 seconds to help hold off the Bisons.
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Lipscomb led most of the first half with Garrison Mathews scoring 21 points but after trailing by as many as 11, North Florida rallied to take a brief lead before falling back to a 48-46 deficit at the break.
Escobar finished five 3-pointers and 18 points and Noah Horchler added 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Mathews, the Atlantic Sun’s leading scorer, finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds but was only 2 of 10 from the arc. Rob Marberry added 20 points.