Sailfish Roughed Up Against Heavy Hitting Northwood Squad
January 17, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Playing a rare Monday night contest across town at Northwood University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team struggled to find any consistency against a bigger Seahawks squad who roped in their eighth consecutive victory while living up to their top-10 national ranking within the NAIA latest poll. The Seahawks led by ten points at halftime then extended their lead out to an 85-58 win over the Sailfish.
Played before a nice sized crowd on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the game would begin with a tribute to Reverend King before the two teams would take the floor then was interrupted near the latter stages of the first-half when a lighting problem forced the de Hoernle Center to be down to only a few lamps.
After the brief delay the two teams would resume play to see the Hawks take care of business on their home floor.
The Sailfish have now dropped two straight after winning two in a row while putting together their second consecutive night shooting the basketball at only 34% (23-68) while the Seahawks torched the nets both halves on their way to an impressive 61% (27-44) shooting mark including 7-of-16 from beyond the arc (44%).
Sailfish senior Jonathan Lawrence led the Fish once again in the scoring column with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor. Feeling a good rhythm in the opening half, Lawrence posted 13 points and four rebounds in the opening 20 minutes while chipping in three assists.
Senior backcourt partner David Wood also reached double-digits for the 17th consecutive game but was limited to only 12 points on 5-of-18 from the field and just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.
True freshman Eric Alleyne managed to reach double-digits as well with 10 points on 4-of-8 from the floor while redshirt sophomore Schuyler Gray chipped in a nice performance of seven points and five rebounds in 26 minutes.
The Seahawks (16-2) rode their dynamic scoring duo of Jonathan Dunn and Patrick Horstmann as the NU tandem combined for 53 points with Dun leading all scorers on the night with 29 points on 9-of-16 from the field and 9-of-10 from the foul line. Horstmann added 24 points on an efficient 8-of-10 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line. Both players brought the crowd to their feet a number of times in the first-half with thunderous dunks.
Courtney Walters utilized his 6’10” frame inside for a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds while adding in four assists.
Neither team saw great production from their bench as PBA outdid their counterparts bench by just an 11-6 advantage.
Palm Beach Atlantic will have little time to rest before hitting the court again as they welcome in Barry University for a PBA-BU double-header on Wednesday, January 19th at 7:30 pm. The ladies will play at 5:30 pm with both games to be broadcast on the Sailfish Sports Network.