Sailfish Fall Just Short to Eckerd

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Damon HigginsPhoto courtesy of Damon Higgins

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With just eight seconds remaining on the clock and the ‘Fish trailing by three, senior Michael Simpson’s last chance effort three-pointer was just off the mark, and Eckerd College’s Jerrick Stevenson’s rebound and made free throws sealed the deal for the Tritons’ 83-78 win.

With the loss, the Sailfish now sit at 1-2 on the early campaign, and the Tritons advance to 3-1.

The entire game was a back-and-forth affair, with the largest lead during the entire night was an eight-point advantage in favor of the Tritons with 3:17 left to play in the contest. Overall, the game was tied on eight different occasions and saw six lead changes.

The first half saw the Sailfish leading by six with 9:58 left to play, but the Tritons kept knocking away at it until they eventually took a 28-27 lead over the ‘Fish with 3:32 left in the opening half. The Sailfish would eventually tie things up, but not regain the lead until later in the second half, and the teams went to the locker rooms with the score 35-33 in favor of the Tritons.

The second half opened up with momentum swinging towards Eckerd, but the resilient Sailfish kept chipping away at the deficit. With just 10:16 left in regulation, the ‘Fish were able to tie things back up again courtesy of a layup from Shavanno Cooper. After a few turnovers from both sides and a made jumper from Eckerd, the ‘Fish took a 57-56 lead via a Bakari Warthen three-pointer, but it would be the last lead of the night for the Sailfish.

Freshman Bakari Warthen finished the night for the Sailfish scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds. Senior Michael Simpson scored a career high 19 points on the night, knocking down five from long-range, and grabbing three rebounds.

Both teams were evenly matched from the field, as Palm Beach Atlantic knocked down 51.8 percent (29-56) and Eckerd hit 52 percent of their shots (26-50).

One huge difference in the game were second chance opportunities, as the Tritons out scored the Sailfish 22-2 in second chances.

The Sailfish have to have short-term memory loss as they turn back around and host the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Monday night at 7 p.m. in the Rubin Arena.

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