UNF Holds On for Close Victory over Sailfish

Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- After an eight day break from game action for the holidays, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team hit the road on Wednesday evening to take on the University of North Florida. Despite another strong defensive effort, the Sailfish would fall to the NCAA Division I Ospreys by a final tally of 66-59. This marks the second consecutive season the Sailfish have made the treck north to take on UNF, both times coming away narrowly defeated.

In their trademark fashion, the Sailfish (1-12) held their opponent well under their scoring average as they went into halftime trailing the Ospreys 32-28 at the UNF Arena. The Sailfish struggled with their shooting touch in the opening stanza with only a 32% (9-28) mark while UNF produced a solid 59% (13-22) in the first 20 minutes of action.

Both teams continued to battle in the second frame before UNF began to pull away. The Fish outshot the home team in the second-half to the tune of a 42% showing compared to that of 38% in the second-half by the Ospreys.

Senior Chris Joseph led PBA in scoring on the night with 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting while adding in four assists and three steals and playing all 40 minutes.

DeAndre Williams and Phil Pejovic each chipped in with 10 points with Pejovic connecting on 3-of-7 long-range attempts.

UNF forward Matt Sauey collected game-high honors in the scoring column with 19 points on 7-of-9 from the field while Andy Diaz also reached double-digits with 13 points.

PBA forced the Ospreys into 16 turnovers while committing only nine themselves however North Florida won the rebounding battle 45-35.

The Sailfish will be back in action at home beginning on Saturday, January 2nd as they look to usher in the new year with a victory. PBA will suit up at 7 p.m. against Judson University, a NAIA institution from the Chicago, Illinois area. Admission to the contest will be free and open to the public but if you are unable to catch the game live in person, tune in to the Sailfish Sports Network and Penn Atlantic for live video streaming of the game.

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