Nova Southeastern Escapes Rubin Arena with Overtime Win Over the Fish

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

Senior Salim Fauras (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Big Boost Off the Bench with a Career-High of 21 Points in the Team's Overtime Loss Versus Nova Southeastern. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.Senior Salim Fauras (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Big Boost Off the Bench with a Career-High of 21 Points in the Team's Overtime Loss Versus Nova Southeastern. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A competitive game from start to finish, Wednesday evening’s contest between Palm Beach Atlantic and Nova Southeastern gave the fans on hand nearly everything you could want in a great men’s college basketball game. What it did lack however was a Sailfish victory as the Sharks utilized a late game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime and then held on for a 75-71 at the Rubin Arena.

The Sharks (8-3) utilized a balanced scoring attack and a career night from senior Louie Schonaeur who not only knocked down the game-tying trey at the end of regulation but he poured in a team-high 17 points off the bench to lead his team to victory. The Lincoln College transfer came into Wednesday’s action with just two points for the entire season while playing in all 10 games on the year for NSU.

The Sailfish (1-11) saw a number of individuals put together big nights as well with sophomore Marcus Hardy leading all scorers with 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting while adding in seven rebounds. Senior Salim Fauras also put together a big-time performance with a career-high of 21 points off the bench while chipping in four assists.

The shot of the night however came from Schonaeur who brought the ball down the floor nearing the end of the second stanza and his team trailing by three points. Utilizing a screen, Schonaeur popped his third 3-pointer of the night to the bottom of the net leaving the Fish with under four seconds to break a 61-61 tie.

Senior Dante Valentine gave a valiant effort with a half-court heave but his shot was wide and forced extra time.

In the overtime period it appeared as if the Sharks might run away with the outcome as they moved in front by four points (67-63) on a Schonauer basket with 2:40 to play. But the Fish would answer as Fauras added a layup, followed by a Hardy free-throw one possession later and with the Blue and White trailing by a bucket, Fauras again nailed a long-bomb to give his team a 69-68 lead with 1:14 to go.

A three-point bucket by NSU’s Lukas Roesch would then follow to re-take a two-point lead only to see a basket by Hardy once again tie the score with 22 seconds to go.

A second-chance effort by Iran Hollis put a dagger in the Sailfish hopes in the end as his basket underneath left PBA with only three seconds to play in the overtime period. A PBA turnover on the inbound and a forced foul would put a ‘W’ in the books for the Sharks as Schonauer put home two free throws to ice it.

The first-half of play featured nine lead changes but just one tie as the Fish held to a 33-27 lead as Fauras found Hardy underneath for a layup just before the halftime buzzer. Fauras netted 4-of-6 shots from the field to lead all scorers with 11 points in the opening stanza.

After limiting NSU to only a 33-percent (9-27) field-goal percentage in the first-half and just 27 total points, NSU answered by making 43-percent (9-21) in the second period while earning 18 trips to the free-throw line.

The Sailfish were hurt by making only 9-of-17 (52.9-percent) attempts at the charity stripe in the ballgame.

Both teams’ benches played effectively with NSU racking up 40 points from its substitutes while PBA managed 34 points from the bench.

Hollis followed Schonauer in the scoring books with 13 points to go with seven rebounds as he did a majority of his damage at the free-throw line (9-15). Nine Sharks’ players scored at least five points in the win.

Dante Valentine finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds while chipping in a team-high five assists and three steals in 45 minutes. Jonathan Kreidt added in seven points and five rebounds off the bench before fouling out.

PBA will take on Rollins College next by traveling to Winter Park, Florida this Saturday, January 12 for a men’s and women’s basketball double-header. The women tip-off at 2 pm and the men at 4 pm. Both games will be broadcasted on the Sailfish Sports Network.

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