Pair of Freshmen Lead The Charge As Sailfish Defeat The Fighting Knights 94-82

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Video courtesy of ESPN West Palm

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla.- Freshman De'Ondre Jackson and Matthew Johnson combined for 39 points Saturday, leading the Sailfish to a 94-92 victory over their cross-county rivals Lynn University. With the victory, the Sailfish start the season off 2-1.

Following the opening basket going in favor of Lynn, Jackson got the party started for the ‘Fish connecting from distance, his first of two on the afternoon to put the ‘Fish out in front to the early 3-2 a minute and 28 seconds into the game. A Fighting Knights’ three-pointer from Marquan Botley (22 points, 6-of-11 FG, 4-of-8 3FG) gave Lynn an 8-7 lead at the 16:23 mark in the first half, their final lead of the contest. A jumper from Jackson on the ensuing possession gave the ‘Fish a 9-8 lead, a lead the Sailfish maintained for the remainder of the contest.

While the ‘Fish lead increased and decreased over the entirety of the contest, the largest Sailfish lead came with about 17 and a half minutes left in the second half. An offensive rebound and put-back dunk from sophomore Malek Barber put the ‘Fish out in front by 14 with 17:49 on the clock, and the following play a steal by Lucas Morales led to a slam from Jackson giving PBA a 60-44 lead at 17:33 mark, their widest margin of the afternoon.

The Sailfish shot 50.8 (33-of-65) percent from the field while knocking down 36.8 (7-of-19) percent from distance, outshooting the Fighting Knights who finished 35.4 (29-of-82) percent from the field. The ‘Fish finished 60 (21-of-35) percent on the night from the charity stripe.

Jackson led the way for the ‘Fish, finishing with 23 points, hitting 77 (10-of-13) percent of his shots on the night. The freshman also grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists, had two blocks and picked up a steal.

Johnson finished with 16 points, hitting a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, while also knocking down 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. The freshman guard also had two assists and three steals on the afternoon.

Dakota Zinser also finished the afternoon with double figures in scoring, as the junior finished with 11 points, knocking down 4-of-7 from the field while hitting both of his attempts from the free throw line.

Morales and Bakari Warthen led the ‘Fish in rebounds with eight a piece, while each scoring nine points on the afternoon as well.

With the win, the Sailfish are now 2-1 on the early campaign, and have their home opener this Tuesday, Nov. 22 as they host the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff.

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