Florida Southern Flexes Its Muscle in Dominating Fashion Over PBA

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

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LAKELAND, Fla.- For the second straight Saturday road matchup the Sailfish men’s basketball team found their undoing to be an electric start by their opponent. Saturday’s matchup saw Palm Beach Atlantic face a similar fate against Florida Southern College as it did last week versus Rollins College as the Fish could not overcome their lackluster opening to the tune of a 98-62 defeat at the hands of the Mocs.

Florida Southern (12-2) showed why they are considered one of the top teams in the NCAA South Region as they jumped out to a 39-6 advantage over Palm Beach Atlantic (1-14) as the high-flying Moccasins delivered PBA its 12th straight defeat.

The Sailfish would trail by as many as 34 points in the opening stanza as FSC connected on 57.9-percent (22-38) of their field-goal attempts including a blistering 53.8-percent (7-13) mark from downtown.

On the flip side PBA was limited to just eight made field-goals in the first-half as they utilized a strong free-throw effort in the later stages of the half to cut the deficit to 56-31 at the break.

Although PBA would slow down the outside shooting of FSC in the second period the Mocs would continue to shoot over the 50 percent barrier overall from the field in the second-half as they cruised to the 36-point win.

Junior guard Christian Martinez put forth his second straight solid individual performance for PBA as he managed a game-high 22 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field to go with a perfect 9-of-9 from the foul line.

Marcus Hardy topped double-figures once again as well with 16 points and eight rebounds while adding in two steals. Javah Braswell chipped in a team-best nine boards to go with six points and a block off the bench.

Florida Southern utilized a balanced scoring effort that saw three players pour in 15 points apiece while guard Seth Evans proved especially efficient with 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting including 4-of-5 from three-point range in only 17 minutes of court time.

Fourteen Mocs’ players received court time on the night with 12 registering at least two points.

PBA will be back home for their next contest as they host Lynn University on Wednesday, January 23 at 7 pm as part of a PBA-LU double-header. The Fish defeated Lynn University in November.

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