Men's Basketball Suffers First Home Loss to Florida Memorial University
November 20, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After an overtime victory on Friday night over Assumption College before an excited crowd at the Rubin Arena, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team hoped to make it a perfect weekend on Saturday as they closed out the Jay McCormick Memorial Classic versus Florida Memorial University. The Lions and Sailfish would battle back and forth from the onset as FMU held on for a 70-66 win over the Fish.
An athletic and deep group, the Lions utilized an above-average night from behind the three-point arc as they nailed down 53% of their long-range attempts (9-of-17) while the Fish struggled with their long-range game at 18% (4-22) that essentially made the biggest difference in the game’s eventual outcome.
PBA would win the rebounding battle (43-34) while neither team struggled with turnovers, it was simply a night that fell in favor of the Lions.
Mark Rolle led a determined FMU team with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting including 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line. Mark’s brother Matthew would add in 14 points and 11 rebounds while hitting some clutch free-throws down the stretch. Antwan Baggs added 17 points off the bench.
Palm Beach Atlantic falls to 2-2 with the loss as they split their decisions at the first annual Jay McCormick Memorial Classic. David Wood continued his streak of leading the team in scoring as he posted 18 points on 6-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Dante Valentine would chip in with 13 points off the bench while senior Jonathan Lawrence scored in double-figures for the fourth straight contest with 10 points, but struggled with his shot at just 4-of-15 from the floor.
Junior Clay Mbayi added in a eight rebound, seven point performance while sophomore Matt Roy chipped in nine points on 4-of-7 from the field.
PBA will prepare for their next opponent, another home contest at the Rubin Arena as they will welcome in Florida Tech on Tuesday, November 23rd for a 7 pm showdown.