Unbelievable Shooting Effort Leads Tritons to Home Win Over Fish
February 16, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- When a team shoots over 70% in a college basketball game, they are virtually unstoppable. That’s exactly what the Sailfish men’s basketball team was up against on Saturday as Eckerd College scorched the nets all afternoon to the tune of a 93-76 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic.
After defeating nationally-ranked Northwood University earlier in the week, PBA looked to ride that momentum into St. Petersburg for another tough matchup with the defending Sunshine State Conference regular season champion Tritons.
Things certainly got started in the right direction for PBA as they locked in on a 44-43 lead entering the break. That lead would be short-lived however as Eckerd completed a half of basketball Triton fans won’t soon forget as they registered a 79% (19-24) shooting percentage in half number two on their way to outscoring the Fish by a 50-32 margin.
Junior David Powell (Hollywood, Fla.) put together perhaps his finest shooting performance of the season as the 6’1” guard tallied game-high honors with 28 points including knocking down 6-of-11 shots from three-point range.
Powell’s big game was followed up by double-digit point totals from junior Manny Lopez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and senior Fitzroy Anthony (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 19 and 13 points respectively.
As a team, PBA continued their hot shooting from earlier in the week by registering 10-of-21 shots from beyond the arc but were simply out-matched by the superior shooting of the Tritons.
Certainly a strange outcome from a statistical standpoint, PBA forced Eckerd into 17 turnovers and did a solid job themselves of protecting the basketball as they turned the ball over only 11 times.
PBA wraps up the 2007-2008 campaign on Wednesday, February 20th when the Fish travel to Barry University for a 7 pm tip-off.