Sailfish Soar Past Tars Behind Three-Point Barrage, 86-65
February 4, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball came out with a vengeance on Wednesday night, soaring past visiting Rollins College behind some masterful shooting behind the three-point line en route to a 86-65 rout of the Tars in the Rubin Arena.
With a 32% three-point shooting percentage on the season, the Sailfish blew past that mark and then some with a 50% (16-for-32) performance on the night. Leading the way was junior Michael Simpson who made five from behind the arc for his 15 points.
PBA started off yet another game with a quick start, lunging to a 9-2 lead in the opening three minutes. RC would storm back and held a brief advantage, but when the ‘Fish grabbed the lead back four minutes later they never let it go again.
Leading by seven at the break, Palm Beach Atlantic saw their lead dwindle down to three with just under 16 minutes to go. That’s when their run began. PBA slowly built up a double-digit lead and then Simpson went off. Over the next four minutes, the Spring, Texas native knocked down four of his five threes and gave the Sailfish a 20-point advantage.
Palm Beach Atlantic finished the game shooting 58% (33-for-57) from the field while Rollins put together a solid performance of their own at 46% (27-for-59). The difference between this season’s two games, however, came for the Tars from behind the arc as they shot just 24% (6-for-25) Wednesday night compared to 39% (10-for-26) in the first meeting between the two.
The Sailfish forced the Tars into 15 turnovers on the night and outrebounded the visitors 33-26.
Joining Simpson in double-digit scoring for the Sailfish was Evin Graham, Nigel Sydnor and Ronnell Ross. Graham, who flirted with a triple-double, finished the night with 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to go along with five steals. Ross and Sydnor each knocked down three three-pointers on the way to 13 point performances.
PBA is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they play host to No. 3 ranked Barry University in the Rubin Arena at 4 pm.