Seahawks Flex Their Muscle in Win Over Sailfish in Men's Hoops
February 14, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Although they would never quit in their efforts to knock off local rival Northwood University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team wouldn’t have enough in the tank on Monday evening to take down the #2-ranked Seahawks who have not dropped a game in the 2011 portion of their schedule. The Seahawks big front-line which included three players 6’7” or taller led the way while sharp-shooting guards Jonathan Dunn and Melvin Calhoun each topped 20 points in NU’s 85-63 win.
The Seahawks are now 26-2 on the season and have not lost since December 31st, 2010 in a narrow defeat to the University of St. Francis. The loss drops PBA to 10-10 on the season.
Dunn and Calhoun paced an offense that would tally a 50% (26-52)shooting mark on the night including over 54% in the second-half while PBA was limited to just under 34% (21-62) shooting on the evening that resulted in the victory for Northwood.
The under-sized and scrappy Sailfish did manage a total of 24 offensive rebounds against the Seahawks including 14 in the opening 20 minutes to remain close through much of the first-half.
After an early lead behind some excellent outside shooting for NU resulted in a 19-6 start to the contest, Northwood saw the Sailfish fight their way back into the game with a 10-3 run over the next several minutes to cut the Seahawks lead to only six points (22-16) on a Clay Mbayi tip-in basket.
Never without confidence, the Seahawks responded with their own solid run to close out the half as they held on to a 46-29 lead heading into intermission.
Dunn tallied 17 points in the first-half while Calhoun added in 14 points of his own as the duo combined to connect on 9-of-18 field-goals in the first-half.
Back-to-work went the Seahawks in the second-half as they managed to build out their second-half lead to as many as 31 points (73-42) when Noah Keeton supplied a layup.
Dunn led all scorers on the night with 27 points on 8-of-15 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Calhoun posted a surprising 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc and 6-of-10 from the charity stripe. NU shot 37 free-throws in the game while cashing in on 26 freebies.
Jonathan Lawrence led the Sailfish in scoring with 17 points on the night to meet his season average while tallying 15 of his points in the second-half. Matthew Gierl added 10 points while hitting 3-of-6 shots from beyond the three-point arc while Terrell Terry added in ten points off the bench. Mbayi provided one of his stronger game by adding in nine points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes of court time.
Sailfish senior David Wood saw his double-digit scoring streak snapped with seven points on the night. Wood’s miraculous run ends at 19 games to start his senior season in a PBA uniform.
PBA will have another tough opponent in Rollins College coming up on Wednesday, February 16th as they will travel to Winter Park, Florida for a showdown with the Tars at 7 pm.