Barry Bucs Pull Away Late in Defensive Struggle Against Fish
December 1, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Despite outrebounding their opponent by a 44-26 margin, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team still could not figure out a way to stop the Barry University Buccaneers on Tuesday evening in game two of a PBA basketball double-header. BU went to the free-throw line 32 times, making 28 of them on their way to a 75-63 win at the Rubin Arena.
Still undefeated at now 6-0, the Bucs found a way to win by attacking the basket all night long and not settling for lower percentage long-range shots as they totaled a 47.9% shooting mark (23-48) for the game including an outstanding 56% (14-25) in the second-half. The Bucs also sank 21-of-24 attempts from the charity stripe in the second period as they extended a small lead into a much larger one toward the end of the half.
Erick Nsangou proved pesky all night long to the Sailfish defenders as he led all scorers with 25 points on 9-of-15 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line. Tony Dennison made for a great sidekick to Nsangou as he managed 21 points while knocking down 10-of-11 free-throws. Marvin Davis chipped in with 15 points.
For the Fish, they were led by a strong offensive performance from senior guard Chris Joseph who led the Fish with a career-high 22 points on 9-of-23 from the field while registering 10 rebounds as well. Senior Jonathan Lawrence and junior David Gabriel also reached double-digits in points with 12 and 10 points respectively.
PBA was limited to a 35.8% success rate on field-goals but kept themselves in the game for a majority of the contest because they were able to pull down 22 offensive rebounds, the exact same amount they were able to pull down on the defensive end.
The Fish have little time to regroup as they will be hitting the road for the Valdosta State University tournament on December 4th-5th as they will take on the University of West Florida and VSU during their stay.