Undefeated Tampa Remains Unblemished with Victory Over PBA
January 15, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
TAMPA, Fla.- After taking the University of Tampa to overtime in their first meeting at the Rubin Arena earlier this season the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team was hoping to get over the hump versus UT on the road on Saturday. Those efforts however would come up short as the Sailfish outside shooting could not overcome a slow start as the Blue and White fell 82-65 at the Martinez Center.
The #16-ranked Spartans improved to 16-0 on the season while the Sailfish drop to 9-7 with a matchup on Monday versus cross-town rival Northwood University on the NU campus at 7 pm.
Sailfish senior Jonathan Lawrence came away with a solid performance on Saturday with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-17 from the floor while adding in six rebounds. The Miami Gardens native tallied 12 points in each half but the Fish lacked other players who would step up offensively.
After a slow start, Tampa All-American candidate Rashad Callaway torched the Fish for 17 first-half points on his way to matching Lawrence’s game total of 24 points. The UT point guard finished 7-of-14 from the field with 3-of-5 from the beyond the arc and a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. He would add in six assists and a pair of steals in 31 minutes.
After tallying 29 points in the previous matchup with UT, Sailfish senior shooting guard David Wood was held in check for much of Saturday’s contest as the 6’2” Fort Lauderdale product was shutout in the first-half while missing each of his four field-goal attempts. Although he would rebound with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting in the second-half, it would be too late for the Fish to mount a significant second-half comeback.
Joining Callaway in double-figures for UT were three teammates as Anthony Griffis added 16 points while Callum Townsend chipped in with ten points. Fred Woods gave the Spartans a big lift off the bench with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds including seven on the offensive glass in 30 minutes played.
After trailing 41-26 at the break, the Fish would not be able to overcome the large deficit as their 39 second-half points would not be enough to swing the score on the road.