Sailfish Run Out of Steam in Road Loss at Eckerd College

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

David Wood (Pictured) Poured in a Career-High 36 Points Versus Eckerd College on Tuesday Evening in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. David Wood (Pictured) Poured in a Career-High 36 Points Versus Eckerd College on Tuesday Evening in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- Despite a sensational individual scoring outing from senior David Wood and his 36-point outburst, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team was unable to overcome some late foul trouble that enabled their Eckerd College counterparts to pull away down the stretch for an 84-68. The loss puts the Sailfish at 1-1 on the season while Eckerd improves to 2-1.

Playing before a loud crowd at the McArthur Center in the second game of a PBA-EC basketball double-header, the two teams combined to give the crowd plenty to cheer for and perhaps even more to marvel at.

Matching up two distinctly different teams, the Tritons (2-1) would utilize their size and athleticism by going right at the Sailfish defenders while PBA utilized their long-range abilities and the ability to hit tough shots.

Wood played the villain in the contest as he was seemingly unstoppable at times during the evening with each of his shots seemingly coming from further behind the three-point line than the last or through an acrobatic move to the basket.

In the end however, the physicality of the game would catch up the young Sailfish as four PBA players, including Wood and all three of the team’s primary front-court players to foul out which allowed the Tritons to close out the game at the free-throw line.

The first-half was held in control for the most part by EC who led for a majority of the first 20 minutes of play before a late Sailfish run took the game into halftime at 41-39 in favor of the Tritons. EC was very efficient shooting the basketball in the opening half by making 58% of their shots at 14-of-24 while PBA netted a 37% mark at 13-of-35.

Wood led all scorers at the break with 17 points while senior Jonathan Lawrence came away with 10 points for PBA. Lance Kearse was 3-of-4 in the opening half for Eckerd as he tallied a team-high 11 points.

The second-half would begin with PBA shooting out of the gate quickly as they built a 12 point lead when Wood drained his third three-pointer of the half as the Fish led 58-46 with 15:10 remaining.

From that point, Eckerd would do everything in its power to deny Wood the ball and in doing so put the Fish in position to seek out other scorers. With foul trouble becoming an issue, EC began to chip away at the lead, eventually re-taking the lead at the 11:40 mark on a three-pointer from guard John Harper to go ahead 60-58.

Things would remain close until the final four minutes when EC was able to close out the win at the charity stripe.

Wood’s breakout game finished with the Fort Lauderdale native tallying 36 points on 12-of-22 from the floor while nailing 4-of-8 three-pointers and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.

Lawrence added 18 points in the loss on 7-of-20 from the floor while connecting on a trio of three-pointers. No other Sailfish player registered more than five points while six players scored on the night.

Eckerd utilized a more balanced scoring effort as five players reached double-figures, led by Harper with 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 4-of-8 from downtown. Wayne Sears Jr. and Darrien Mack both posted double-digit scoring efforts off the bench with 15 and 10 points respectively.

The Tritons finished the evening with a 59% total shooting effort on 26-of-44 from the field while PBA was held to a 36% mark on 24-of-66 from the floor.

Palm Beach Atlantic will be back in action this weekend as they host the Jay McCormick Memorial Classic beginning with a 7 pm matchup versus Assumption College on Friday, November 19th followed by a 7 pm showdown on Saturday, November 20th versus Florida Memorial University.

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