NCAA Division I Stetson University Too Much for Sailfish to Handle on the Hardwood
November 25, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
DELAND, Fla.- Taking on the first of two NCAA Division I opponents this season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team traveled north to Deland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Hatters of Stetson University. Jumping out of the gate quickly, the Hatters went ahead early and road that solid start to an 85-67 victory over the Fish at the Edmunds Center.
After hosting Rollins College on Tuesday evening, the Fish were battling in their fifth game in nine days while making the long trip to Stetson after trips to St. Petersburg and Winona, Minnesota last week in what has been a disappointing 1-4 start for PBA.
Senior Jonathan Lawrence paced the PBA attack against the Hatters with a solid showing of 18 points on 7-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in 32 minutes of action. Fellow senior Chris Joseph and freshman Dante Valentine both topped double-figures as well for the Sailfish with 14 and 10 points respectively. Joseph did a majority of his damage at the charity stripe with 10-of-13 on free-throws.
Senior DeAndre Williams led the rebounding efforts of Palm Beach Atlantic with eight boards to go along with eight points.
Stetson, of the Atlantic Sun Conference, shot 50% for the ballgame compared to 31.3% for the Fish while connecting on half of their attempted three-pointers as well with an 8-of-16 mark.
A.J. Smith and Tyshawn Patterson, both starters in the backcourt, registered 20 points each while Ridge Graham added in 19 points on 7-of-9 field-goals and 5-of-6 free-throws.
The win for Stetson boosts their early season record to 2-3.
PBA will look to right the ship after a brief break for Thanksgiving as they will travel to Melbourne, Florida for a showdown with Florida Tech on Saturday, November 28th at 4 p.m.