Florida Tech Makes it a Season Sweep Over Sailfish in Men's Hoops

Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown

Hunter Ross (Pictured) Led the Way Against Florida Tech on Monday Evening with 18 Points and 6 Rebounds. Photo Courtesy of: Andrew Nyhus.Hunter Ross (Pictured) Led the Way Against Florida Tech on Monday Evening with 18 Points and 6 Rebounds. Photo Courtesy of: Andrew Nyhus.

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MELBOURNE, Fla.- After being forced to make a day-of switch of venue, the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Florida Tech men’s basketball teams got together on Monday evening for a pre-Holidays matchup on the hardwood. A close game throughout, the Fish held close until the final three minutes when FIT pulled away for a 91-76 victory at the Clemente Center.

With the Rubin Arena filled with fumes from an adjacent gymnasium having its floor resurfaced, the Panthers graciously played host to the Fish for the second time this season and came away with a similar result as they improved to 9-1 on the season while the loss for the Sailfish drops them to 1-11.

FIT boasted five players that scored at least nine points while putting two standouts over 20 points. PBA managed six players that scored at least seven points including a team-high 18 points from junior Hunter Ross. Ross’s strong play in the second-half kept the Sailfish within striking distance, cutting the FIT lead to as close as five points in the final few minutes however the talented Panthers were able to push their advantage back out to double-digits to close out the victory.

Senior guards Jonathan Lawrence and Chris Joseph joined Ross in double-figures with 14 and 11 points respectively while DeAndre Williams chipped in with nine points on 3-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. Junior center David Gabriel pulled down a team-high eight boards while adding in seven points on 2-of-3 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Justin Sedlak, FIT’s 6’9” swingman, collected a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds while taking 16 shots from the floor and making eight of them. Sophomore guard Simon Cummings followed up with 20 points while hitting 4-of-9 from long-range and dishing out five assists.

Derek Helleman and Mark Caviness added in 16 and 10 points respectively.

Tech led 37-31 at the half and finished the contest 33-of-63 from the field for a 52.4% shooting percentage while PBA delivered one of their best outings of the season with a 48.1% shooting mark on 26-of-54 from the field. Neither team shot particularly well from the charity stripe with neither team reaching 60% from the line.

The Panthers won the battle on the boards 41-31.

PBA will have one final game left during the 2009 portion of their schedule after a break for Christmas over the next week. The Sailfish will hit the road on December 30th for a matchup with NCAA Division I host, University of North Florida. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Jacksonville, Florida.

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