Sailfish Shooting Goes Cold, Tritons Pull Away Late, 59-48
January 28, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball struggled to get the offense going on Wednesday night, falling to the visiting Eckerd Tritons 58-49 from the Rubin Arena.
In the first half it was the Sailfish causing the Tritons trouble, holding the visitors to just 18 points on 26% (6-for-23) shooting from the field. EC also coughed the ball up 10 times in the opening stanza, and PBA held the rebounding advantage 21-18. The second, however, was a different story.
Palm Beach Atlantic managed to shoot just 25% (8-for-32) from the floor in the second half and 7% (1-for-15) from beyond the three-point line. That performance led to a season-low of 28% (16-for-57) shooting for the game. Eckerd, in the meantime, erased a six-point deficit at the break and shot 46% (12-for-26) from the field in the second half.
Perhaps the biggest difference from half to half was the Tritons’ free-throw performance. In the first half they shot just 33% (5-for-15) from the stripe, while turning it around and converting 94% (15-for-16) in the second. Palm Beach Atlantic, in the meantime, shot just 16 free throws for the game, shooting 69%.
The Tritons won the battle of the boards 41-38, while also dishing out more assists, 12-8. Palm Beach Atlantic forced Eckerd into 16 turnovers while only committing 13 of their own, but ultimately the difference from the charity stripe proved costly.
Senior Ronnell Ross led the ‘Fish in scoring on the night, putting up 14 points for the game. Fellow senior Evin Graham tallied 11 points while both grabbed seven rebounds.
PBA returns to action against another Sunshine State Conference opponent on Saturday afternoon when they take on No. 4 ranked Florida Southern College at 4 pm.