Men's Basketball Takes Barry to the Wire but Comes Up Just Short

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

Senior Alan Hardy (Pictured) Tied for the Team Lead with 19 Points on Wednesday as the Sailfish were Narrowly Defeated 84-78 by Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.Senior Alan Hardy (Pictured) Tied for the Team Lead with 19 Points on Wednesday as the Sailfish were Narrowly Defeated 84-78 by Barry University. Photo Courtesy of: Neil Hayes.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic and Barry University men’s basketball teams put on a show for a good size Rubin Arena crowd on Wednesday evening with the Buccaneers holding on for a tight 84-78 win over the Sailfish. The victory looked to be in hand for the Bucs midway through the second-half as their lead built to as many as 17 points until the Sailfish furiously came storming back only to fall just short in the end.

The win for Barry (16-5) sweeps the season series between the two clubs with both contests proving to be barn burners after BU earned a 78-69 win over PBA back on Jan. 8, 2014.

A balanced scoring output and a superior Bucs effort at the free-throw line would result in the disparity in the final score despite the best efforts of PBA to rally for a comeback.

The Sailfish (8-15) trailed by a game-high 67-50 margin when Arie Williams knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:39 to play in the game. From there the Blue and White would respond with a 13-0 run over the next 2:51 fueled by a pair of long-balls from Clayton Williams, another trey from Alan Hardy and a bucket inside by Evin Graham to trim the BU advantage to just 67-63 with 6:48 to play.

With the crowd on their side and the momentum obviously shifted it appeared as if the ‘Fish might shock the Bucs with a late-game rally however BU would make enough plays down the stretch to survive.

Palm Beach Atlantic cut the lead to just two points at 80-78 with six seconds left but an attempt to miss a free-throw on purpose would go by the way side and allow Barry to run out the clock and seal the victory at the free-throw line.

Point guard Deric Hill did a majority of the damage for BU at the line down the stretch and finished 11-of-12 at the free-throw line to go along with his game-high 15 assists. In total, BU would knock down 72.7-percent (16-22) at the line while PBA was limited to 58.8-percent (20-34) from the charity stripe.  

PBA placed four starters in double-figures including a game-high 19 points from Williams and Alan Hardy. Williams finished 6-of-12 from beyond the arc while Hardy was 7-of-13 from the field overall.

Ronnell Ross added a strong double-double performance with 16 points and 12 rebounds while playing a team-high 37 minutes. Graham did a majority of his damage at the free-throw line with 8-of-13 showing while adding in eight rebounds and four assists.

Adrian Gonzalez led the Bucs with 19 points off the bench while four BU starters also topped double-figures.

PBA won the turnover battle at 19-15 and both sides were nearly even on the boards with BU holding a slight edge at 33-31. The bigger advantage came on points in the paint as the Bucs tallied a 48-24 lead in that category.

The Sailfish will be off for a week until traveling to Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla. on Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 7 pm for their next game.

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