Seniors Shine as Men's Basketball Nets Historic 60-43 Win at Saint Leo
January 24, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
SAINT LEO, Fla.- After ending a long losing streak their last time out the Sailfish men’s basketball team made a bit more history on Saturday afternoon as they earned their first-ever win at Saint Leo University since becoming a NCAA Division II member in the 2007-08 season. PBA had been 0-5 before Saturday at the Marion Bowman Activities Center before handing the Lions a 60-43 setback.
Seniors Clayton Williams, Garet Tucker and Ronnell Ross each performed exceptionally well in the win for Palm Beach Atlantic as the veteran trio each topped double-figures to lead PBA to a lopsided win over the Lions.
Williams was especially strong as he knocked down all five of his shot attempts, on his birthday no less, as he buried 5-of-5 shots from beyond the arc while adding in six rebounds and a pair of assists.
The win for PBA improves their record to 7-9 while Saint Leo drops to 11-8. The 17-point win for the Sailfish avenges their 47-44 home loss to the Lions back on Dec. 13th.
The early stages of the first-half would see both teams fail to gain any separation on the scoreboard as the advantage jostled back and forth between both schools. A 10-0 run by the ‘Fish with around five minutes remaining in the first half would give them a more healthy cushion heading into halftime as they settled for a 32-24 lead at the break.
Tucker did much of his damage in the opening stanza as he led all scorers with 11 points while showing off a number of tough post moves as he went 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free-throw line.
Overall Palm Beach Atlantic knocked down 40-percent (10-25) of their first-half shots including 50-percent (6-12) from downtown while turning the ball over just three times.
Looking to hold off any potential Saint Leo comeback charges the PBA defense got even stingier in the second-half while the hot-shooting of Williams and Co. helped extend the Sailfish lead to a more comfortable distance.
Saint Leo was limited to just six made field-goals in the second-half as they finished 6-of-21 (28.6-percent) and 0-of-8 from beyond the three-point line while PBA countered with a 10-of-18 (55.6-percent) second-half showing including 4-of-9 from long distance.
Nigel Sydnor put an exclamation point on the team’s big win as he threw down a one-hand dunk on a fast-break in the final minute to give PBA its biggest lead of the night of 19 points.
Following Williams and Tucker on the team leaderboard at 15 points each was Ross who contributed 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting while chipping in three boards. Sydnor continued his good work at the point guard spot with nine points, four rebounds and four assists.
The ‘Fish will look to continue their momentum on Wednesday, Jan. 24th when they welcome in Eckerd College for a 7:30 showdown at the Rubin Arena.