A Tale of Two Halves Leaves PBA on the Short End Versus Tampa

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Marcus Hardy (Pictured) Gave the Sailfish a Standout Performance on Saturday with a Career-High 28 Points to go with Eight Rebounds.Marcus Hardy (Pictured) Gave the Sailfish a Standout Performance on Saturday with a Career-High 28 Points to go with Eight Rebounds.

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TAMPA, Fla.- After leading for nearly the entire first-half the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team would see the University of Tampa grab the momentum with a game-tying basket just before halftime on Saturday as they pushed ahead for good in the second-half. A Stefon Barfield 3-pointer to open the second-half would break a 35-35 tie at the break on the first possession of the second-half as UT never looked back and claimed an 85-74 win over the Sailfish.

The Sailfish (1-3) were looking to even their early-season record on Saturday at Tampa (0-1) following the team’s exciting one-point win earlier in the week at Lynn University.

A big offensive performance by sophomore Marcus Hardy with a career-high 28 points wouldn’t be enough as the Sailfish had just one other player score more than five points in the game that also saw them shoot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the field.

A blistering 60.9 percent (14-23) mark in the second-half also aided the UT cause as they hosted the Sailfish for their season opener at the Martinez Center.

A layup by PBA’s Mathew Gierl gave the Sailfish a 7-5 lead with 16:51 to go in the first-half as they would carry that advantage right up until halftime when a Callum Townsend jumper with ten seconds left tied the game at 35-35 going into the lockeroom.

The Sailfish would lead by as many as nine points in the opening half as Hardy led the way with 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 at the free-throw line.

Following Barfield’s 3-pointer to open the second-half, the Spartans would increase their lead to as many as 21 points before settling for the 11-point victory.

Hardy completed his career-high night with 8-of-12 shooting from the floor and 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. He also added in eight rebounds.

Senior Dante Valentine was the only other PBA player in double-figures with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting while posting seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 33 minutes.

Tampa was led by four players in double-figures ranging from 12-14 points. Townsend had a team-best 14 points off the bench by making 5-of-9 shots from the floor with six rebounds. Anthony Griffis had a game-high 11 boards.

Tampa held a 38-26 lead on the glass while both teams managed 14 turnovers.

PBA will travel to Flagler College on Wednesday, November 21st for a Thanksgiving Eve matchup in St. Augustine. The two teams will tip-off at 4 pm.

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