Scrappy St Thomas Effort Leads to Sailfish Loss at Home in Men's Hoops
December 17, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Although it may haven’t been pretty, the St. Thomas University men’s basketball team came away with a win on Saturday against Palm Beach Atlantic at the Rubin Arena. The two teams combined for 63 free-throws, 50 fouls, and 47 turnovers on Saturday with the Bobcats holding on for a 78-65 win over the Sailfish.
The loss drops Palm Beach Atlantic to 2-8 on the season while St. Thomas improves to 6-6.
A close first-half of action saw seven lead changes and seven ties come into the equation as STU led 43-30 at the break.
The Bobcats first-half lead grew to as many as 14 points in the first-half while settling for the 13-point spread at halftime. STU outshot PBA by a comparison of 45.5 percent (15-33) to 34.5 percent (10-29) in the opening half.
Although PBA would shrink the Bobcats lead back under single digits late in the second period it wouldn’t be enough as STU’s free-throw shooting down the stretch sealed the win.
Freshman Marcus Hardy paced PBA’s offensive load on Saturday with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting while playing the entire second-half with four fouls. Alan Hardy chipped in with 10 points off the bench, a season-best for the junior from Detroit, Michigan.
Junior Dante Valentine provided the Fish with a solid all-around game as he netted 12 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five steals, and two blocks in 38 minutes of court time. The Atlanta, Georgia native also had seven of his team’s 23 turnovers on the night.
PBA also saw a solid showing from junior Carter McMasters who finished with eight points and eight rebounds while producing six of the Sailfish 13 blocks as a team.
STU was paced by a solid showing from speedy guard Kevin Hincapie who had 18 points including a 7-of-10 showing at the free-throw line with six rebounds. Eugene Davis added in 17 points.
PBA will see St. Thomas again very soon as they will participate in the St. Thomas Classic on Dec. 28-29 in Miami Gardens, Florida.