Sailfish Tripped Up by Undefeated Georgia Southwestern at Day Two of the Coca Cola Classic
November 26, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MONTEVALLO, Ala.- For a second straight day the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team squared off against an undefeated opponent at the Coca Cola Classic hosted by the University of Montevallo. The Fish took to the court on Saturday against Georgia Southwestern University and although the young Fish would receive solid production from a variety of sources it wouldn’t be enough to hand GSW their first loss as they took down PBA by a 74-65 final score to improve to 5-0.
The two-game swing at the holiday tournament in Montevallo, Alabama matched the Sailfish (1-5) up against two quality opponents in the University of Montevallo and Georgia Southwestern, both hailing from the Peachbelt Conference.
A blistering second-half shooting effort would sink PBA’s efforts on Friday versus the Falcons while Saturday’s matchup versus saw the Hurricanes top the 50 percent shooting clip for the win as well.
The first-half of play saw GSW jump ahead early on before a layup underneath by PBA freshman big man John Hawkins gave the Fish their first lead at 7-6 with 15:15 to play.
The lead would be short-lived for the visiting Sailfish however as Georgia Southwestern would soon take back the lead on a jumper from Colin Stotter and never trail again in the contest.
PBA kept the game close throughout the first-half with the Canes never able to push their advantage into double-figures. They would settle for a 32-26 lead into halftime as they shot 47.6 percent (10-21) in the opening half compared to that of the Sailfish who connected on 33.3 percent of their opportunities while making 10-of-30 field-goals.
A quick bucket by PBA’s Terrell Terry on the first possession of the second-half began what the Fish hoped to be a solid comeback effort as they cut the GSW lead to 32-28, however the Canes would quickly regroup and push their lead back out to a more comfortable overall lead.
GSW finally gained a double-figures lead when Phillip Brown sunk a pair of free-throws to give his team a 47-36 lead with 13:40 to go.
The GSW lead would hover around 10 points for most of the second-half until a late spurt by the Canes offense put the lead at a game-high of 18 points on a Brown bucket with 2:05 to play.
Thanks to a late flurry of baskets by the Sailfish down the stretch, the lead would shrink back to under double-figures on a Dante Valentine basket with time expiring.
Slotter led the way for the Canes on the night as he poured in game-high honors of 24 points off the bench while making 8-of-12 field goals and 8-of-10 attempts at the free-throw line.
Brown added in a near double-double performance of 16 points and nine rebounds while Bobby Glover chipped in 10 points for the Hurricanes.
PBA was paced by a career-high of 17 points from junior transfer Carter McMasters as the 6’11” Chattanooga, Tennessee native hit all three of his attempts from beyond the arc while making 5-of-8 field goals overall and 4-of-5 trips to the charity stripe in 37 minutes of play.
Terry and Valentine each added in double-figure outputs from the starting lineup at 13 and 12 points respectively while Hawkins managed a career-high of 14 points and five rebounds off the bench before fouling out.
The Fish would connect on 50 percent (14-28) of their second-half field goals but struggled at the free-throw line with only 8-of-16 shots being successful. The Canes outdid their first-half showing with 58.3 percent of their shots going down in the second stanza as they nailed 14-of-24 shots from the field.
PBA will now turn their attention to an upcoming three-game homestand as they will host Florida Tech on Wednesday, November 30th at 7 pm followed later in the week by a matchup with cross-town rival Northwood University on Saturday, December 3rd at 4 pm.