Sailfish Fall Short On Road Against Lynn, 92-80
February 18, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball struggled in the closing minutes of Wednesday night’s matchup with Palm Beach County rival Lynn University, falling on the road 92-80 from the de Hoernle Center.
The twelve-point difference in the final score didn’t reflect how well the Sailfish played on the night, having to resort to fouling down the stretch and the Knights taking advantage. LU hit 9-of-10 from the charity stripe over the final two minutes, essentially putting the game on ice.
Both teams slugged their way through the first half, with the physical battle being no closer to a winner at the break at 39-39. Lynn flexed their offensive muscles in the second half, shooting a blistering 53% (16-for-30) from the field and scoring 53 points. Palm Beach Atlantic had a strong half of their own, shooting 48% (15-for-31) from the floor, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a road win.
With the second stanza halfway over, the Sailfish and Fighting Knights were tied 58-58. Every time Lynn would inch ahead, PBA would answer back. Clark Major knocked down a baby hook to bring the game back to four points, and Nigel Sydnor brought it closer still with a jumper of his own. After LU got their lead back to six, Clayton Williams buried a long-range shot to cut the deficit to three. Unfortunately, Palm Beach Atlantic could get no closer the rest of the way.
PBA was led by a familiar trio of seniors, with Evin Graham leading the way with 19 points and 11 boards. Ronnell Ross had 18 points on the night, knocking down three triples along the way. Garet Tucker also reach double-digits with 12 points, while also grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots.
Palm Beach Atlantic will celebrate the careers of Graham, Ross, Tucker, Williams and Major on Saturday afternoon in their home finale against Johnson University on Saturday, February 21st at 4:00 pm.
**Note, the game time for Saturday has been changed to 4:00 pm from its originally scheduled time.**