Warthen's Buzzer-Beating Tip-In Lifts Sailfish Over No. 21 Buccaneers 100-99
December 5, 2015
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With just .4 on the clock and the Sailfish trailing 99-98 Saturday afternoon, Milos Kostic tossed up an in-bounds pass perfectly into the hands of a waiting Bakari Warthen who finished off the glass as the buzzer rang sending the Sailfish into a frenzy as the ‘Fish defeated No. 21 Barry University 100-99 to move to 4-4 on the year.
The Sailfish jumped out to a 17-12 lead over the Buccaneers in the opening five minutes, before No. 21 Barry University tied things up and regain the lead a few minutes later. The Sailfish were able to square things up two more times in the first half, but never were able to regain the lead as Barry took a 56-41 lead into halftime.
A cold start for Barry plagued the Buccaneers as they connected on only two of nine shots while committing three turnovers allowing the Sailfish to tie things back up at 60 with 14:33 left in the second half.
The remaining fourteen minutes would be a back-and-forth battle as no team saw a lead larger than four points until the 4:19 mark when the Buccaneers were leading by seven following a three-pointer from Yunio Barrueta.
The Sailfish were able to close the gap to a three-point game with 30 seconds left to play, as Barry’s Elvar Fridriksson missed a free throw that lead to a Malek Barber rebound setting up a Bakari Warthen layup across the way to bring the ‘Fish within one with just 26 seconds on the clock. A Buccaneer turnover lead to the ‘Fish having the final possession as the clock was winding down. A jumper from Milos Kostic fell just short, but the ball tipped off a Barry defender and went out of bounds with .4 seconds on the clock, setting up the game-winning play.
The Sailfish had three players finish in double-digit scoring figures on the afternoon, Bakari Warthen, 27, Derick Yepes, 18, and Malek Barber, 15. On the glass, the ‘Fish were lead by Yepes’ 6 rebounds.
Barry University(6-2) had five players finish in double figures, and were lead by Adrian Gonzalez’ 26 and Yunio Barrueta’s 25.
The Sailfish have a quick turnaround as they host Bowie State University tomorrow afternoon, Sunday December 6, in the Rubin starting at 5 p.m.