Sailfish Unable to Find Their Rhythm in Road Loss at Saint Leo
December 17, 2010
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
SAINT LEO, Fla.- Battling some of the same issues they faced in their last outing in a loss to Florida Southern College, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team could not overcome a second straight sluggish shooting performance as they fell on the road to Saint Leo University on Friday evening by an 81-60 final score.
The Lions (8-2) closed out the first-half with a solid run that led to a 13-point advantage into halftime, then stretched their lead to as many 23 points midway through the second-half as they cruised past the Fish in the final 20 minutes.
Sophomore center Matt Kendrick posted a solid performance in the paint against PBA (7-5) as the 6’11” Tampa native put down a game-high of 24 points on 12-of-14 shooting as he took advantage of the much smaller PBA front-line.
Palm Beach Atlantic received a nice showing from freshman Eric Alleyne who made his first collegiate start and posted a team-high 13 points on 4-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe.
The Sailfish senior duo of David Wood and Jonathan Lawrence, who entered the game combining to average 39 points per contest, were held in check for most of the night as they combined for only 15 points. Wood continued his double-digit scoring streak to start the season but needed some late work to accomplish that feat as he finished with 12 points on 4-of-13 from the field.
Lawrence was averaging nearly 26 points per game over his last three outings but was limited to a season-low of three points on a 1-of-11 shooting night.
The Fish saw a solid contribution from sophomore big man Ian Sitz who chipped in 13 points off the bench while connecting on 6-of-8 attempts from the charity stripe.
Beyond Kendrick’s solid output, the Lions also received a good all-around night from guard Dominick Robinson who finished with 14 points, all in the first-half as he buried 4-of-7 attempts from long-range.
Blessed with a big lead for the final 10 minutes of the half, the Lions shooting percentage would decrease but their smart play kept the Fish from making any type of late scoring run. SLU finished with a team shooting percentage of 53.2% (33-62) while PBA was limited to just 36% (18-50).
Saint Leo also won the battle on the boards with a 38-27 advantage.
Palm Beach Atlantic will now begin their break for the holidays as they won’t suit up again until Monday, January 3rd as they will welcome in Northwood University (Mich.) for a home showdown at the Rubin Arena. The previously scheduled exhibition contest with the University of North Florida on Monday, December 20th had to be canceled due to a new NCAA restriction requiring all NCAA Division II institutions to be off from December 20th-27th.