Bulldogs Second Half Trips Up Sailfish, 91-83
December 16, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
BOWIE, Md. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball got outstanding individual performances from Garet Tucker, Ronnell Ross and Evin Graham, but couldn’t withstand a hot-shooting second half from the Bowie State Bulldogs, falling 91-83 on the road on Tuesday night from the A.C. Jordan Arena.
Tucker, the senior from Rapid City, S.D., scored a career-best 20 points, while his fellow senior Ross also scored 20 and pulled down nine rebounds. Graham, the Ft. Myers native, added scored 19 points and grabbed seven boards, but unfortunately it wouldn’t be enough for the Sailfish.
Holding on to a 36-31 advantage after the first half, the Bulldogs came out scorching to start the second stanza. The hosts went on a 16-4 run to effectively bury the Sailfish, who were never able to fully recover after BSU’s hot start.
PBA trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but were able to cut that deficit down to just seven with just under a minute to go thanks to a Graham three, but Bowie State went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the game.
Palm Beach Atlantic won the rebounding battle on the night, 41-36, but turned the ball over 17 times compared to the Bulldogs’ nine. The Sailfish shot 48% (29-for-61) from the floor for the game and 35% (9-for-26) from the three-point line, but were unable to get the stops when they needed on the defensive end.
After holding the Bulldogs to 36% (12-for-33) from the floor and 23% (3-for-13) from the three-point line in the first half, BSU shot 53% (18-for-34) in the second stanza and 36% (4-for-11) from beyond the arc to fuel a 60-point half. The 60 points is the most for a single half this season.
Joining Graham, Ross and Tucker in double-digits for the game was Michael Simpson, who finished with ten.
The Sailfish finish out the 2014 portion of the season’s schedule with a home game against Paine College on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 pm in the Rubin Arena.