Lawrence Career-Night Leads Sailfish to Victory on the Road Over Lynn
December 8, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Utilizing a smaller lineup, Palm Beach Atlantic head coach Terry Primm seemed to find a group he liked on Wednesday evening as he and the Sailfish came away with a big road victory at Lynn University by a final score of 84-68. Traveling the short 20 minutes or so down I-95 to visit the de Hoernle Center, the Fish utilized a career-high 29 points from senior Jonathan Lawrence while the team buckled down on the Fighting Knights in the second-half to cruise to a big victory.
Coming off a tough overtime loss at home on Monday versus the University of Tampa, the Sailfish (7-3) rebounded in a big way on Wednesday with just their second ever victory over LU as they improved to 2-9 all-time against the Knights.
Backing up Lawrence huge performance was a second straight near triple-double from sophomore Dante Valentine as the Spring Hill, Florida product gave the Sailfish 38 minutes of court time from the point guard position as he tallied 11 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds while adding in four steals.
After the two teams combined to shoot 35 attempts from beyond the arc in the first-half, the Knights would keep shooting while the Sailfish would adjust and connect at a higher percentage from inside the three-point arc. The Fish made good on nearly 59% of their shots in the second-half as they outscored the home Blue and White 43-29 in the second-half.
With no player on the Sailfish roster over 6’5” receiving court time on Wednesday, the team would utilize hustle plays and strong shooting to earn the victory.
Both teams would get the crowd excited in the first-half as each squad would go on a lengthy scoring run in the first 20 minutes of action on the night.
Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out of the gate quickly behind Lawrence’s early shooting success as he and fellow senior teammate David Wood would combine for the team’s first 22 points as PBA led 22-10 with 12:38 to play in the opening half.
Not to be outdone, the Knights would find their rhythm from the outside as they followed up PBA’s hot start with a strong stretch of their own as they reeled off a 17-4 run over the next several minutes to retake the lead at 28-26 with 6:35 remaining in the half.
Both teams would play close going into the half as the game was tied 39-39 after an up-and-down first-half.
After connecting on 8-of-21 attempts from deep in the first-half, the Knights would not find their stroke to be as consistent in the second-half as they would miss their first six attempts on their way to a 2-of-11 showing in the second-half from behind the three-point arc.
After alternating scores through the first four possessions of the second-half, the Knights would take a 51-45 lead with 15:10 to play as Chris Watson threw down a thunderous dunk plus the foul.
The Sailfish would follow with a timeout that would be a turning point in the contest. Over the final 15 minutes of play, the Fish would outscore the Knights 37-17 as they took their final lead on a Terrell Terry layup with 11:44 to go then extended their advantage to a game-high of 14 points which also matched the difference in the final score.
Lawrence proved very efficient on the night and after his scorching start still managed to pile on points on the Knights as the senior from Miami Gardens, Florida produced a career-high of 29 points on 10-of-15 from the floor including 4-of-5 from the beyond the arc and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
Although not an exceptional shooting night, senior David Wood would still manage 18 points as he was 7-of-16 from the field while adding in a team-high 10 rebounds to tally a double-double.
Terry registered his second consecutive big game off the bench as the super-sub came away with a career-high 17 points and added in eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
The Knights were led by Jovan Robinson who came away with 16 points off the bench while preseason All-American senior guard Chris Hall was limited to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Jimmy Gaskins chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Sailfish will wrap up a busy week on Saturday, December 10th when they welcome in Florida Southern College for a 4 pm showdown at the Rubin Arena.