Career Night For Zinser Not Enough As Sailfish Drop Fourth Straight, 76-73 To FIT

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball (7-9, 3-6 SSC) dropped their fourth Sunshine State Conference matchup in a row Saturday afternoon, falling to the Florida Tech Panthers (11-6, 4-4 SSC) 76-73. Dakota Zinser led the way for PBA scoring a career-high 18 points on the afternoon. The Green Bay, Wis. native connected on 50 (6-of-12) percent from the field, while adding three buckets from distance. The junior guard also dished out three assists and swiped two steals.

Despite the career night for Zinser, free throws down the stretch proved costly for the Sailfish as they missed three of their final four attempts, allowing Florida Tech to secure their 76-73 win. Overall, Palm Beach Atlantic connected on 42.1 (8-of-19) percent from the charity stripe, while the Panthers finished a perfect 7-for-7.

The Panthers jumped out to an early lead Saturday afternoon and quickly turned things into a 10-point game at the 9:47 mark in the opening half. Every attempt the Sailfish made to chip away at the lead, the Panthers responded with a counter attack of their own during the first half. The ‘Fish shot 50 (13-26) percent from the field to open the contest, with the Panthers matching them hitting 51.7 (15-29) percent in the first half as well, with Florida Tech taking a 41-31 lead into the half.

Down 59-49 with 10:19 left to play in regulation, the Sailfish mounted a comeback chipping away at the Tech lead. The ‘Fish went on an 18-8 run over the next six minutes to bring PBA within one with 4:13 remaining on the clock. The Sailfish kept things close over the final four minutes, and had several chances to tie the contest or take the lead, but were unable to capitalize on their attempts, eventually falling 76-73.

Grant Gullett and Bakari Warthen also finished in double-digit scoring on the afternoon, as Gullett finished with 17 and Warthen with 14. Warthen led the team in assists on the night with four, while also adding two steals.

Florida Tech was led by Jordan Majors’ 22 points and two assists as well as Sam Daniel’s 18 points and two assists.

The Sailfish have a week off from games as they continue their home stand next Saturday, Jan 21 as they host the University of Tampa at 4 p.m.

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