Sailfish Give No. 2-Ranked Seahawks a Scare but Northwood Lands on Top

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team welcomed in cross-town rival Northwood University into the Rubin Arena on Saturday afternoon for the first of two matchups between the two West Palm Beach universities. The No. 2-ranked Seahawks (NAIA Division II) trailed at halftime to the scrappy Fish but stormed back with a solid second-half to claim a 77-68 win in front of a rowdy Saturday afternoon crowd.

Palm Beach Atlantic (1-7) put together a different lineup and player rotation for Saturday’s matchup with Northwood (6-1) and it nearly worked to perfection as they led 15-5 when junior Ian Sitz drove the lane and connected off glass with 13:26 remaining in the opening half.

From that point the Seahawks would put together a run of their own as they claimed the next 11 points and took a 16-15 lead on a Masse Doumbe 3-pointer with 10:14 to go until halftime.

It wouldn’t take long for PBA to regain the lead and the momentum as a 3-pointer from senior Terrell Terry put the Fish back on top 18-16, a lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the half. A layup by junior Dante Valentine gave PBA a 38-30 cushion with 14 seconds short of halftime and that’s where the score would settle.

The Fish limited the Seahawks to only a 29.6 percent (8-27) shooting effort in the first-half while knocking down 48.4 percent (15-31) of their own shots while also sitting at 50 percent from beyond the arc at 4-of-8 for the Fish.

Northwood stayed within striking distance with their strong showing at the line as they put home 12-of-15 shots from the charity stripe while PBA made all four of their attempts.

Doumbe led all scorers in the first-half with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 5-of-5 from the line.

Marcus Hardy and Sitz each added in eight first-half points for the Sailfish.

The second-half would begin with PBA looking to put the game out of reach as back-to-back scores from junior Alan Hardy gave the Fish a game-high 12-point lead at 42-30 with 19:15 left to play.

From this point the Fish would begin to see their lead chipped away at by the NU front-line which also corresponded with some of PBA’s key contributors plagued by foul trouble.

Both teams played a physical style in the second-half which went hand-in-hand with a very slow overall pace because of the many fouls called both ways.

A 16-6 run by the Seahawks would eventually see the game tied at 46-46 on a Patrick Horstmann bucket with 14:31 to play.
The strong outside shooting of Noah Keeton would give the Seahawks a big lift over the next few minutes as his 3-pointer with 11:11 to play put his team on top for good at 54-53.

Solid free-throw shooting down the stretch allowed NU to pull away for the victory.

Palm Beach Atlantic was led by Terry on the night who claimed 17 points on 7-of-14 shots from the field while adding in five rebounds. Sitz and Marcus Hardy each added in double-figures as well with Sitz finishing 6-of-10 from the field for 13 points and Marcus Hardy adding 10 points and eight boards before fouling out.

Doumbe made his season debut a special one with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. He also added in four steals.

Horstmann registered 16 points while Tierno Agne and Keeton each chipped in 10 points. Point guard Tyrone Davis finished with game-high honors of nine assists to go with six rebounds and four points in 34 minutes.

The second-half saw both teams shoot 48 percent from the field but NU would claim the advantage on turnovers as they forced the Sailfish into 20 while earning 12 turnovers themselves.

Palm Beach Atlantic will host Barry University at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7th for their next contest.

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