Sluggish Start Dooms Sailfish Against Spartans, Fall 84-74

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Junior Nigel Sydnor (Pictured) Throws Down A One-Hand Jam In The First Half Of Saturday's Battle With Tampa (Photo Credit: Ron Hilliard).Junior Nigel Sydnor (Pictured) Throws Down A One-Hand Jam In The First Half Of Saturday's Battle With Tampa (Photo Credit: Ron Hilliard).

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball suffered from slow starts to each half on Saturday against the University of Tampa and it came back to bite them in the end as the Sailfish fell 84-74 to the Spartans in the Rubin Arena.

UT jumped out to a 10-0 advantage to start the game and PBA would never quite recover. The hosts did cut the lead to two, 37-35, at the half, but a short 8-2 run to start the second stanza and a 10-0 stretch late in the half put the visitors ahead for good.

After shooting lights-out from behind the three-point line during their recent stretch of success, PBA shot just 18% (3-for-17) from behind the arc. Tampa, on the other hand, shot a blistering 39% (9-for-23) from downtown.

Overall the Sailfish shot well from the field at 46% (27-for-58), including a standout performance from Evin Graham who finished the game with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Unfortunately the Spartans were equally good from the field, shooting 44% (29-for-66) overall and a difference-making 85% (17-for-20) from the charity stripe.

Leading the way for PBA in scoring was junior Michael Simpson, who continued his strong play of late with 15 points. Graham was joined by Ronnell Ross with 14 points, while Garet Tucker chipped in 13 and Nigel Sydnor added 10.

Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Wednesday, February 18th when they take on Palm Beach County rival Lynn University in Boca Raton at 7:30 pm.

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