PBA Opens Up Season With 70-65 Win Over Benedict

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Senior Evin Graham (Pictured) Helped Lead The Sailfish To Their First Win On Opening Day Since 2010.Senior Evin Graham (Pictured) Helped Lead The Sailfish To Their First Win On Opening Day Since 2010.

Box Score

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season in South Carolina on Sunday afternoon, taking down Benedict College 70-65 behind the strong play of Derick Yepes and Evin Graham.

Yepes, a junior transfer from Lehigh, Florida, netted 18 points thanks to 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the three-point line in his debut in the blue and white. Graham, a senior from Ft. Myers, Florida, added 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

The Sailfish trailed 33-32 at halftime, with the Tigers shooting 52% (14-for-27) from the floor in the opening stanza. After shooting 33% (11-for-33) in the first half, Palm Beach Atlantic put together a strong second half on both ends of the court. They shot 44% (12-for-27), including 6-for-13 from three, and held BC to 43% (12-for-28) and just 23% (3-for-13) from beyond the arc.

PBA dominated the glass on the afternoon, outrebounding the hosts 45-32 overall. The Sailfish also made more free throws (15-for-24) than the Tigers attempted (5-for-10).

Joining Yepes and Graham with strong nights in the season opener were Ronnell Ross, who had nine points and seven rebounds, and newcomer Clark Major, who had nine points and a game-high 10 boards.

Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Thursday, November 20th when they travel to DeLand, Florida to take on NCAA Division I opponent Stetson University at 7 pm.

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