Second-Half Blues Keep PBA Out of the Win Column at Florida Southern

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

Box Score

LAKELAND, Fla.- In the midst of an eight game road swing the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team once again had their hands full on Wednesday night as they traveled to Florida Southern College in Lakeland. A strong first-half led PBA to an eight-point lead at halftime however a cold shooting streak in the second stanza would allow for a Moccasins rally as Florida Southern earned a 73-61 win over the visiting Sailfish.

A total of four Moccasin’s players would reach double-digits in scoring on Wednesday evening in what was the second game of a FSC-PBA basketball double-header.

Brett Bailey led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the forward connected on 8-of-16 field goal attempts in 32 minutes.

After a 2-for-7 showing from beyond the three-point arc in the first-half, the Sailfish would suffer a severe cold streak in the second stanza at the Jenkins Fieldhouse by going 0-for-11. On the flip side the Mocs would make their way back into contention behind a superb 6-of-9 second-half effort from deep as they earned the victory.

Sailfish junior forward Ian Sitz tallied ten first-half points for Palm Beach Atlantic as they led by as many as ten points when Dante Valentine drove to the basket for a layup to move in front 21-11 with 8:55 remaining in the half.

The Mocs would then fire off a trio of three-balls to cut the PBA advantage back to a single point at 21-20 with 6:08 to play.

A solid stretch of play for the visitors would leave the Fish clinging to a 34-26 lead at the break.

A quick 3-pointer from Dominic Lane just 16 seconds in to the second-half would push PBA’s lead down to five points before they fought back with back-to-back layups underneath from the likes of Valentine and freshman forward Marcus Hardy to get back to a more comfortable 38-29 advantage.

Seth Evans of Florida Southern finally put the Mocs back on top for good with a trey with 12:54 to play as his team moved in front 46-44.

The Mocs would close out the game by tallying 27 of the next 43 points to earn the win.

Valentine paced PBA’s efforts on the night with 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting while adding in eight rebounds and a season-high seven steals in 36 minutes.

Sitz chipped in with 14 points , five boards and three steals.

PBA will continue its tough stretch of competition their next time out which will be Monday, January 30th when they will square off against the likes of NCAA Division I, University of Central Florida in Orlando. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

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