Sailfish Overpowered by Florida Southern College in Lakeland


Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

Box Score

LAKELAND, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team was outmatched Saturday afternoon, falling 124-95 to Florida Southern College. After the ‘Fish jumped out to an early first half lead, the Moccasins battled backhand stormed ahead to the win. The loss drops the Sailfish to 5-3 (2-2 SSC) on the year.

The Sailfish opened play Saturday afternoon in control of things at the Jenkins Field House on the campus of Florida Southern College as the ‘Fish led for the opening 16 minutes of play. The ‘Fish had spread their first half lead to 18 points at the 11:24 mark, before Florida Southern started chipping away at things. While up 18 points with 11:24 remaining in the half, the Mocs went on a 37-18 run to close out the half, putting Florida Southern on top, 54-51.

The second half was all Moccasins, as FSC outscored PBA 70-44 in the final 20 minutes. Florida Southern shot 63.4 (26-of-41) percent from the field in the second half compared to PBA’s 41.9 (18-of43) percent. The Mocs also shot an impressive 61.9 (13-of-21) percent from downtown compared to Palm Beach Atlantic’s 25 (2-for-8) percent.

Palm Beach Atlantic had five players finish in double figures in scoring on the night, with Dakota Zinser leading the way with 17 points. The junior shot 6-of-9 from the field, knocking down 4-of-6 from three-point land.

After missing some time nursing an injury, newcomer Grant Gullett scored 15 in his comeback game, shooting 6-of-8 from the field, and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Bakari Warthen also finished Saturday night with 15 points, as the sophomore shot 4-of-11 from the field, hitting 2-of-4 from distance and 5-of-7 from the stripe.

Matthew Johnson shot 4-of-8 from the field, including a bucket from distance and 2-2 from the free throw line, finishing the night with 11 points.

Scoring a career-high 10 points Saturday evening was Trey Koonce, as he knocked down 5-of-9 from the field, while also leading the way on the glass for the ‘Fish, grabbing eight boards.

The Mocs had five of their own reach double figures, but nobody came close to matching Tyler Ross’ performance, as he finished with 32 points, shooting a perfect 12-for-12 from the field, including a perfect 4-of-4 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

The Sailfish return to action this Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the ICI Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. as they take on Embry-Riddle.

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