‘Fish Drop Third Straight, Fall To Barry On The Road

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of TJ BuddPhoto courtesy of TJ Budd

Box Score

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball (7-8, 3-5 SSC) dropped their third Sunshine State Conference matchup in a row Wednesday night, falling to the No.7 Barry Buccaneers (13-1, 7-1 SSC) 91-73. The Sailfish kept it a close battle with the 7th ranked Buccaneers in the opening half, before the top team in the SSC spread the gap in the second half.

Junior Grant Gullett finished the evening with his first double-double on the season. The forward tied for the lead in points with a baker’s dozen, and lead the team in rebounds with 10. The Pflugerville, Texas native finished in double figures in scoring for the seventh time in his eight games played on the year, hitting 67 (6-of-9) percent from the field and adding a free throw to make it 13 on the night.

Second on the team in scoring, Malek Barber, also finished with 13 points on the night. Connecting on 33 (5-of-15) percent from the field while adding three extra points from the charity stripe. Barber was just shy of a double-double, finishing with eight rebounds on the night.

The team leader in scoring, West Palm Beach, Fla. native Bakari Warthen finished the night with an even 12 points, while also snagging four rebounds, dishing out a pair of assists and adding a block.

The Sailfish jumped out to an early 7-2 lead to start the ballgame but never saw their lead extend further than five points for the remainder of the half. As quickly as the ‘Fish lead evaporated in the first half, they regained it back as well in the opening frame. Lucas Morales hit a jumper to tie things up at 30 with three and a half minutes remaining, before the regained a two-point lead going into the half, 39-37 in favor of the No. 7 Buccaneers.

The Bucs opened the second half with an 11-0 lead over the first four minutes of play in the second half, spreading their lead to 50-37 with sixteen minutes left in regulation. The Sailfish, unfortunately, shot only 32.4 (12-of-37) percent in the second half, allowing the Bucs to spread their lead to as many as 20 with four minutes remaining in the game. The Buccaneers proved to be too much to handle in the second half, outscoring the Sailfish 52-36, bringing the game to its final score of 91-73 in favor of Barry.

The Sailfish look to snap their losing streak as they return home to the Rubin Arena where they will start their eight-game conference home stand to close out January and the first half of February. They open the month-long home stand against Florida Tech this Saturday, Jan. 14 with a scheduled tip-off of 4 p.m.

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