Strong Second-Half Leads the Sailfish to a 77-73 Win Over Florida Tech
February 10, 2015
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s basketball team overcame an average first-half shooting performance on Tuesday evening by putting together a strong showing in the second stanza as they outlasted Florida Tech by a score of 77-73. Palm Beach Atlantic knocked down 16-of-32 shots in the second-half while connecting on 8-of-13 from long-range to claim the season series split with the visiting Panthers.
Palm Beach Atlantic improves to 9-12 on the season while Florida Tech dips to 13-10 as both teams enter the final stages of the regular season.
The Sailfish were led by a balanced scoring load on the evening as four players connected for double-digit outputs including a pair of solid bounce-back performances from seniors Garet Tucker and Ronnell Ross who each poured in a team-high 15 points.
After neither team topped 40-percent shooting in the opening half the two teams settled for a 33-32 score at the break as Florida Tech entered the locker room clinging to the one-point advantage.
Things remained tight between the two teams throughout the second-half with neither team extending for more than a seven point lead.
After a layup underneath by FIT’s Chris Carter briefly put the Panthers on top at 66-65 with 3:23 remaining the ‘Fish would fire off back-to-back 3-pointers from Clayton Williams and Michael Simpson to go back on top 71-66 with 2:29 to go.
The Sailfish lead remained tight until the final minute when a layup by Tucker and a pair of Nigel Sydnor free-throws sealed the five-point victory.
Following Tucker and Ross in the stat sheet for PBA was Evin Graham with 14 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Simpson chipped in 11 points and four assists off the bench thanks to three more 3-pointers for the Texas sharpshooter.
Florida Tech was led by 18 points and 13 rebounds from Carter on a 6-of-17 shooting night while Corbin Jackson added 11 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Overall the ‘Fish connected on 41.5-percent (27-65) of their shots including 12 made three-pointers on 27 attempts from long-range. They also forced FIT into 23 turnovers while committing only 13 of their own.
The ‘Fish will attempt to get revenge on another Sunshine State Conference opponent in their next ballgame as they will host the University of Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 14th at 4 pm.