Sailfish Men's Basketball Prevails in Exhibition Contest Against Florida Memorial

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director

Hunter Ross (Pictured, Left) Paced the Fish with 17 Points and Nine Rebounds Against Florida Memorial in a 77-71 PBA Victory on Wednesday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Hunter Ross (Pictured, Left) Paced the Fish with 17 Points and Nine Rebounds Against Florida Memorial in a 77-71 PBA Victory on Wednesday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- In what was the final tuneup for the regular season, Wednesday evenings showdown between Palm Beach Atlantic  University and Florida Memorial University felt much more like the real thing in men’s basketball action as nearly 500 people gathered at the Chester Robinson Athletic Center for what would be a very entertaining affair. In the end the Sailfish held on as they earned a 77-71 victory.

Five Sailfish players scored in double-figures on the night led by senior Jonathan Lawrence and junior Hunter Ross who each tallied 17 points. DeAndre Williams and Phil Pejovic posted 12 points each while newcomer David Gabriel added in 11 points respectively.

While the statistics and victory aren’t official, the Sailfish including third-year head coach Terry Primm had some positive things to take from the match up.

“We knew it would be a battle coming down here into this environment no matter if it is an exhibition or not,” said Primm.

“We know we have a lot of things to work on but I was very pleased at some of the execution and play-making that we showed on both ends of the floor,” continued Primm.

PBA dominated the contest in terms of rebounding by holding a 43-34 advantage while also shooting at an impressive 51% from the floor while connecting on 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The first-half saw the Sailfish jump out to as big a lead as 16 points behind a strong first-half showing from Pejovic who scored all 12 of his points in the first-half of play. Ross also chipped in with eight points while pulling down seven boards. The Fish connected on 4-of-5 shots from beyond-the-arc in the opening half.

Back came the Lions in the second-half however backed by the strong play of sophomore guard George Gray who poured in 18 second-half points to lead the comeback charge. Gray finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting overall and an impressive 5-of-7 from three-point land. Matthew Rolle chipped in 16 points although the athletic forward was just 6-of-21 from the field.

Seven-footer Jeremy Nance contributed a near double-double off the bench with 10 points and nine rebounds for FMU.

Ross ended the night as PBA’s top rebounder with nine while Chris Joseph added in eight rebounds to go along with seven points, two assists, and two steals.

The Sailfish will now prepare for their tough regular season slate as they will open up regular-season play against Eckerd College on Wednesday, November 18that 7 p.m. in St. Petersburg.

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