Williams Career Day Leads PBA to 88-69 Home Win Over Nova Southeastern

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

Clayton Williams (Pictured, Left) Went for a Career-High 30 Points on Saturday in Palm Beach Atlantic's 88-69 Win Over Nova Southeastern University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Clayton Williams (Pictured, Left) Went for a Career-High 30 Points on Saturday in Palm Beach Atlantic's 88-69 Win Over Nova Southeastern University. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s basketball team blistered the nets at 72.7-percent in the second-half of Saturday’s lopsided home win over Nova Southeastern University including a career-best 30 points from junior Clayton Williams. The Buford, Ga. native was nearly unstoppable in the second-half while the Sailfish missed only six field-goals in the period on their way to a 88-69 win over the Sharks at the Rubin Arena.

In the midst of a busy stretch of basketball against South Florida rivals Lynn University, Barry University and today’s action versus NSU sees the Sailfish win two-of-three against their region foes with a road win last Saturday against Lynn and Saturday’s victory over NSU. The team will now be off from game action until next Saturday, Jan. 18 at Saint Leo University.

The Sailfish (6-10) jumped on the Sharks (4-10) with a 9-0 spurt to start the game and never looked back.

The early PBA advantage would quickly build to a 17-5 early lead when junior Ronnell Ross knocked down a 3-pointer for the ‘Fish with 14:40 to go in the first-half. Although things would cool off briefly for PBA as NSU cut the lead back to single digits the Sailfish would cruise into halftime with a 37-29 lead.

Ross and Evin Graham paced the PBA attack with seven points apiece as the ‘Fish posted a 50-percent (16-32) shooting mark while collecting 14 assists on 16 made field-goals in the first-half. Graham notched seven dimes in the stanza while Ross carried the rebounding load with a team-high nine boards.

Nova finished at 37-percent (10-27) from the floor in the opening period while also making good on 5-of-6 shots at the free-throw line. The Sharks were content with long-range opportunities as they jacked up 16 three-pointers (25-percent) while making four in the opening 20 minutes.

The PBA lead in the beginning of the second-half would hover around 10 points until Williams began to make his mark. The junior transfer from Francis Marion University began to help the Sailfish achieve some separation on the scoreboard with his long-range work as he finished 9-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point territory in the second-half for 24 points.

In total, Williams was 11-of-14 from the floor, 6-of-8 from 3-pointer land and 2-of-2 at the line while adding in a pair of steals in 30 minutes of court time.

Graham and Ross each finished just shy of a double-double with Graham delivering a career-high 12 assists and nine points while Ross grabbed 12 boards and added seven points. Graham did his fine point guard work while not issuing a turnover while Ross added in four assists, two steals and a block.

Alan Hardy added 10 points for PBA while Ian Sitz and Stefan Dombrowsky each were solid contributors off the bench for the Sailfish as Sitz contributed seven points while Dombrowsky added six points.

As a team the Sailfish finished with a season-best in shooting percentage (59.3-percent), assists (29) and assists-to-turnover ratio (29:11).

NSU was led by a trio of players who put in 10 points as Brian Cahill, Justin Jeangerard and Ryan Steed each reached the double-digit threshold.

Palm Beach Atlantic finished with a 38-24 edge in points in the paint.

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