Sailfish Men's Basketball Drops Road Swing to NSU

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

Box Score

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A rested Sailfish men’s basketball team took to the road on Wednesday evening as they looked to knock off Nova Southeastern University with a NCAA Region game on the line. A week off from game action wouldn’t be enough for the Fish however as a strong shooting performance by the Sharks in both halves would squelch any PBA hopes for an upset. NSU prevailed by a final score of 80-57.

Three NSU (12-9) starters reached double-figures on the night including 20 points from Lukas Roesch and a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for Iran Hollis.

After netting a 53.3-percent (16-30) shooting mark in the opening half that led to a 39-23 lead at the break, the Sharks were even better in the second stanza as they connected on 54.4-percent (15-27) of their shots including 7-of-16 from beyond the arc.

Palm Beach Atlantic was paced by a 19-point performance by senior Dante Valentine as the Atlanta, Georgia native connected on 5-of-12 shots from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Johnny Lantz continued his solid work of late with 14 points off the PBA bench and was joined by freshman Jonathan Kreidt as the only other players to reach double-figures with 10 points respectively.

After making the opening bucket of the game to give PBA a 2-0 lead, sophomore big-man Marcus Hardy was mysteriously held quiet as he was limited to just four shots (3-of-4)while finishing with six points. Hardy did grab a team-best nine boards.

A tough opening-half shooting performance would put PBA in a hole early.

Following Hardy’s early basket, the Sharks would rattle off a 15-1 run to give them an early cushion. The lead would expand to as many as 18 points in the first-half before a PBA spurt of 11-2 cut the deficit back to single digits (29-20) with 4:37 to play in the opening  half.

From there the momentum went back to the Sharks as they tallied a 10-3 run to close out the half.

NSU saw their second-half lead grow to as many as 27 points before settling on the 23-point margin of victory.

The Fish will close out their home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 16 when they host Florida Southern College at 4 pm in the Rubin Arena. 

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