PBA Stumbles At Tampa, 63-55
January 17, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
TAMPA, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball dropped another close road contest on Saturday evening, with the University of Tampa getting the best of the Sailfish, 63-55 from the Bob Martinez Center.
In the end, the score didn’t quite reflect how close the game really was. It was a true defensive slugfest throughout until PBA was forced to foul late. UT converted on the majority of their free throw tosses along the way and led to the eight-point advantage in the end.
PBA kept the game close in the second half and had cut the lead to just three with 1:21 to play. An NBA-range triple from UT’s Jordan Davis extended the lead to six points with a little over a minute remaining, and the ‘Fish could never quite close the gap completely.
It was a defensive struggle from the outset Saturday afternoon, with PBA shooting just 21% (6-for-28) in the first half while holding UT to just 30% (7-for-23). The second half upped both teams’ averages, with the Sailfish finishing the game at 33% (17-for-51) and the Spartans at 47% (20-for-43).
Palm Beach Atlantic scored just 18 points in the opening stanza, their lowest total of the season, and their lowest first-half total since November 25th, 2011 when they scored just 12 against Montevallo.
Leading the way on offense for the night was junior Michael Simpson, who scored 11 points on the night. The only other Sailfish in double-digits was Garet Tucker, who finished with 10 to go along with a team-best five boards.
The Sailfish return to action on Wednesday night when they welcome Nova Southeastern University to the Rubin Arena. Arrigo Night, which will give attendees the opportunity to win a new Fiat or $10,000 will begin at 7:30 pm.