Fish Drop Opener at Winona State University Tournament to Cardinal Stritch

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

Hunter Ross (Pictured) Paced the Fish with 15 Points on Friday Evening Versus Cardinal Stritch. Photo Courtesy of: Andrew Nyhus. Hunter Ross (Pictured) Paced the Fish with 15 Points on Friday Evening Versus Cardinal Stritch. Photo Courtesy of: Andrew Nyhus.

Box Score

WINONA, Minn.- For the second straight game to start the season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team faced a manageable deficit at halftime only to see their opponent pull away for a dominating victory over the Sailfish. On Friday evening it was Cardinal Stritch University who pulled away from PBA for a 75-46 victory at the opening game of the Merchants Bank Tip-Off Classic.

Trailing 40-29 at intermission, the Sailfish hoped to fight their way back in to the opening game of the first of four games scheduled on the campus of Winona State University, the Sailfish shooters went ice cold in the second-half while tallying just a 17% shooting mark on 4-of-23 shooting from the field. PBA trailed Eckerd College by ten points at halftime on Tuesday night before falling 87-57.

Featuring a number of NCAA Division I transfers, Cardinal Stritch (3-1) flexed their muscle in the final 20 minutes on the defensive end as they also connected on 45% of their total shots and an impressive 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Junior Hunter Ross led the Fish with 15 points off the bench while making 5-of-11 shots and pulling down five rebounds in 21 minutes. Senior Jonathan Lawrence was next in line with seven points while sophomore Phil Pejovic added in five points and a team-high seven boards.

For CSU, three players reached double-figures including game-high honors of 23 points by Trey Tripplet on 8-of-15 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. CSU was very efficient as a team from the line as they connected on 24-of-29 attempts.

PBA will hope to turn around their early season misfortunes on Saturday as they will take on the loser of host Winona State University and Clark College. Stay tuned for details.

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