Sailfish Bench Play Provides Big Lift in Completing Season Sweep Over Fighting Knights
January 5, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Utilizing nearly the full roster at his disposal, Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball head coach Terry Primm found contributions from nearly everywhere he turned as his bench poured in a season-high 56 points on Wednesday evening as the Fish closed out a season-sweep of Lynn University with a 77-72 win at the Rubin Arena. The victory snaps a three-game losing streak for PBA while they improve to 8-6 on the season.
The Knights (2-10) would not go quietly on this night as the scrappy team from Boca Raton never quit and pushed the Sailfish (8-6) to the final buzzer, even extending the game late with some key defensive plays and late outside shooting. In the end however, the Sailfish would have enough left in the tank to close out the much needed victory.
Junior reserve specialist Terrell Terry lit up the Fighting Knights for the second-time this season with a game and career-high of 19 points. The first-year Sailfish player after playing two seasons at Barry University was most likely not a surprise contributor to the LU coaching staff however as his previous career-high of 17 points came for Terry on December 8th in an 82-68 win for PBA at the de Hoernle Center.
Terry finished the contest with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting while grabbing a team-best eight rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
The first-half would mostly feature a back-and-forth type of pace as it took until the 8:33 mark in the opening period for either team to take ahold of a lead of more than five points. That came on an inside jumper from LU big-man Cameron McCallum who pushed the visiting Knights in front by a 24-17 margin.
Roaring back came the Sailfish however with a 13-1 run, all from the sweet shooting stroke of Terry who single-handedly brought the Fish back on top with first a tip-in to move ahead 27-25 and then his third three-pointer of the stretch to place PBA in front 30-25 with 4:53 remaining in the half.
With the Knights making sure the Fish wouldn’t run away with the contest, they would buckle down defensively and cut the lead to only one point at the half as the teams entered the lockeroom at 34-33 in favor of the Fish.
PBA was paced by Terry’s 15 first-half points while the team shot at a 41.2% (14-34) clip while the Knights were just below at 39.4% (13-33) to keep the game close.
An early basket from PBA center Ian Sitz gave the home Blue and White a three-point advantage in the early goings of the second-half only to see the visitors fight right back with a pair of baskets by Jovan Robinson and a three-pointer from senior Chris Hall to move on top by a 42-38 margin.
A trey from PBA’s Matthew Gierl would then follow only to be answered by a Robinson three-pointer to keep the LU advantage at a four-point spread.
The team’s would continue to trade baskets for much of the second-half as both hoped to exit the facility with a much needed win. After PBA would go up by a high-point of five points on a layup by senior Jonathan Lawrence, the Knights would tie the game for the seventh time on a Jimmy Gaskins layup to put the game at 62-62 with 6:37 remaining.
Gaskins came through again for LU at the 3:44 mark with a pair of free-throws that would tie the score one final time at 66-66.
Sailfish senior David Wood followed with a three-pointer to give PBA a lead it would not relinquish as Wood’s triple found the bottom of the net with 2:28 remaining giving his team a 69-66 lead. A give-and-go from freshman guard Eric Alleyne to junior Clay Mbayi put the Fish up 71-66 at the 1:00 mark as PBA held on for the victory with some late free-throws.
Following Terry in the scoring column for PBA was 14 points off the bench from Wood who made 5-of-9 shots, all in the second-half, as the senior continued his double-digit scoring streak to all 14 games of the season.
Alleyne added a well-rounded game also with 11 points including a perfect 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line. The Watertown, Maine native played big minutes down the stretch as he added in six rebounds and a team-best five assists while posting three steals in 22 minutes of court time.
Sitz gave the Sailfish a nice performance in the interior as the Lincoln, Nebraska native posted eight points, five rebounds, and three blocks in 28 minutes.
Lynn was paced by four players reaching double-digits including a game-high of 15 points from Robinson who made 3-of-4 attempts from beyond the arc while finishing with a high percentage overall of 6-of-9 (67%) from the field. Gaskins added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while McCallum just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Both teams improved their shooting efforts in the second-half as LU held the final advantage with a 46.7% (28-60) while PBA managed a 44.6% (29-65) mark. Lynn struggled from the charity stripe as the connected on only 7-of-18 foul shots while PBA came away with 13-of-18 from the free-throw line.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have the next few days to rest up for an important road contest on Saturday, January 8th as they will head north to Melbourne, Florida to take on Florida Tech at 4 pm.