Northwood University Holds On for Men's Basketball Victory Over Fish

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

DeAndre Williams (Pictured) Plays Tough Defense Against Northwood University on Monday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. DeAndre Williams (Pictured) Plays Tough Defense Against Northwood University on Monday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Welcoming in a sizable crowd as seems to be tradition when the Palm Beach Atlantic University and Northwood University men’s basketball teams get together, the two squads squared off in a tight contest that eventually saw the powerful Seahawks (24-5) come out victorious as they earned a 59-48 win over PBA at the Rubin Arena.

Limiting the Fish (2-22) to a 25.5% shooting mark, the Seahawks tallied a season-sweep over PBA after taking down the Sailfish 65-45 back in January at the NU campus.

After six points in seven minutes played in the first-half, NU big-man Jeremy Barr exploited the smaller Palm Beach Atlantic front-line as he poured in 13 second-half points on 6-of-7 shooting to post a team-high 19 points for the game. Barr’s good work inside helped lead NU to a 28-10 advantage of points in the paint.

The first-half began with an exciting start for PBA as junior David Gabriel flushed home a put-back dunk to put the Fish on the board and bring the Sailfish crowd to cheers.

Palm Beach Atlantic would bring the fans to their feet a few more times in the opening half with their exciting brand of play as they went up by a game-high nine points on a three-pointer from Jonathan Lawrence with 9:33 remaining in the half as PBA led 20-11.

A dunk by Barr with 8:21 left seemed to spark the Seahawks however as they closed out the first-half with a 15-4 run and actually took a 26-24 lead into the break on another bucket from Barr with 37 ticks left.

DeAndre Williams led the PBA efforts in the first-half with eight points as he connected on 2-of-4 shots from beyond the arc while adding in a pair of free-throws.

The early stages of the second-half featured both teams mostly trading baskets with PBA tying things up at 39-39 on a jumper from Gabriel with 11:08 to play. A three-point play from Williams a few minutes later gave PBA their first lead of the second-half as they went up 44-42 on the layup and free-throw with 7:48 left in regulation.

Back came the Seahawks however as the score was tied with a big dunk from Barr while Tierno Agne connected from three-point range and Patrick Horstmann added in a two-pointer to go back up by five points at 49-44.

After two Hunter Ross free-throws got the score back within three points (46-49) with three minutes remaining, the Seahawks were able to close out the game with solid clock management and by connecting on their free-throws late.

Ross led PBA with 16 points while hitting all ten of his free-throw attempts. Williams finished with 14 points for the game while Lawrence added in 11 points in 34 minutes.

Senior point guard Chris Joseph was held in check by the NU defense as he finished 0-for-12 from the field while dishing out five assists and four turnovers.

Sophomore Phil Pejovic came away with 12 rebounds off the bench to lead all players.

Horstmann followed Barr’s team-high 19 points with 11 points while Agne added 10 points as the Seahawks shot 42.2% (19-45) as a team.

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