Buccaneers Dominate Second-Half; Sweep Season Series Over Sailfish in Men's Baskettball
February 6, 2010
Written By: PBA Sports Information Assistant, Lindsay Oren
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Much like their first contest back in early December, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Men’s Basketball team could not find an answer for the physical play of the Barry University Buccaneers as they drop game two of the this season’s series by a score of 66-55.
After fighting back from 9 down early on in the first half, the Sailfish closed out the first period of play on a 23-11 run to lead the Buccaneers 32-29 at halftime. BU would return the favor, however, as they retook the lead at the 14:26 mark, never looking back and outscoring the Blue and White by 17 in the final 20 minutes. The Sailfish would go on a 6 minute scoring drought after Senior Guard Jonathan Lawrence’s lay in with a little over 11 minutes in the contest, enough time for the Bucs to go to work.
Although the Buccaneers saw a significant drop in their second half field-goal percentage (-10%), they continued to attack the basket, earning 26 chances at the charity stripe in the final period. Meanwhile, the offensive play of the Sailfish went cold as the Blue & White shot a mere 33.3% from the field, totaling only 38% for the entire game. Coupled with 16 turnovers on the night, the Sailfish could never get into any rhythm during the second half of action.
The Buccaneers rallied behind the scrappy play of veteran Guard Erick Nsangou, whose near double double of 13 points and 9 rebounds led all scorers tonight. BU saw a balanced scoring effort as starters Willie Whitfield, Tony Dennison, and Bryan Chiverton chipped in 10 points each. Evan White also contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.
The Sailfish were once again lead offensively by Senior Chris Joseph with 12 points. Hunter Ross also put up solid numbers as he contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for the night. Seniors Jonathan Lawrence and DeAndre Williams posted 11 and 10 points respectively, with Williams also coming up big on the boards with 8 of his own.
The Fish have over a week to recuperate as their next contest will not take place until February 15th when they welcome cross-town rival Northwood University to the Rubin Arena. That match-up is set to take place at 7 pm.