Stingy Fighting Knights Defense Keeps Sailfish From Hitting Their Stride
January 23, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s basketball team hoped to make it a season sweep of Lynn University on Wednesday and escape their recent string of tough losses as they battled the Fighting Knights on Arrigo Night at the Rubin Arena. Although the crowd would be raucous in anticipation for the halftime drawing, the Knights would play the spoilers as they utilized a scoring barrage late in the first-half to lead them to a 78-50 win over the Fish.
A double-double performance from swingman Jeremy Lampkin paced four double-digit scorers for the Fighting Knights (10-5) as they connected on nearly 50-percent of their shots for the contest.
The Sailfish (1-15) on the other hand were held to a 33.3-percent (17-51) mark for the game as they had only one player top double-figures.
Early on the score would be tight as PBA took a 14-12 lead on a Christian Martinez layup with 11:59 to play in the first-half . From there the PBA shooters would go cold.
A nearly seven minute scoring drought would sink the Fish chances as Lynn reeled off a 19-0 run during that span as they pushed their advantage out to a more comfortable 31-14 lead with 6:58 to play in the opening period.
LU would settle for a 42-18 lead at the break as they saw guard Shamel Akins drop 11 first-half points to lead the way.
The Fighting Knights advantage would grow to as many as 30 points in the second-half as they held off PBA’s attempts at a comeback.
Martinez led PBA in the scoring column with 14 points as he put up 17 shots while connecting on four while proving successful at the free-throw line by going 6-of-7. Marcus Hardy finished with seven points and six rebounds while Jonathan Kreidt added in nine points on 3-of-5 shooting off the PBA bench.
The Sailfish will host Eckerd College on Saturday, January 26th in another basketball double-header with the women’s team playing at 2 pm followed by the men at 4 pm.