Men's Basketball Hang On To Knock Off No. 6/10 Barry 76-75
February 8, 2017
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the second consecutive year, Palm Beach Atlantic (11-11, 7-8 SSC) men’s basketball defeated a ranked Barry Buccaneers (19-3, 12-3 SSC) squad by one point inside Rubin Arena, with action coming down to the buzzer. The Sailfish knocked off the No. 6/10 Barry squad 76-75 Wednesday night, bringing the ‘Fish back to .500 on the year. Several Sailfish finished in double-digit scoring figures on the night, with Dakota Zinser leading the way with 18, and Milos Kostic finishing with 15, with a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe.
After trailing for majority of the opening half, the Sailfish ended the final eight and a half minutes on a 30-6 run over the Buccaneers. During the run, Zinser was 4-for-4 from the field, with three being from distance, helping the ‘Fish erase their deficit and build their lead. Kostic also played a huge role in the run, as the junior scored a dozen points in the time frame, including nine free throws. Of his nine, four of them consecutively at the 1:16 mark when the Bucs, dealing with personal frustrations, were charged with two different technical fouls back to back. As Kostic hit all four technical fouls, he helped spread the Sailfish lead from seven to 11, and was followed by a layup in the paint from Grant Gullett to put the ‘Fish up 13 at the half.
Palm Beach Atlantic’s 47-34 lead did not hold up in the second half, as the Buccaneers went on a run of their own to open play, outscoring PBA 32-19 to tie the ballgame at 66 with six and a half minutes to play in the ballgame. With the game tied at 66 with six minutes to go, both teams were slowed down. The ‘Fish finished the final six minutes hitting 4-of-7 from the field while only knocking down 2-of-7 from the stripe, while Barry hit only 3-of-9 from the field, and hit 2-of-4 from the line.
The Buccaneers had three attempts in the final 38 seconds to score to take the lead but failed to convert all three attempts. After Trey Koonce internally missed a last-second free throw, Barry’s Sawyer Click grabbed the rebound setting up the last-second desperation attempts for the Bucs, but they were unable to get off the shot as the ‘Fish were victorious Wednesday night, 76-75.
Zinser finished the night hitting 7-of-13 from the field, including four from distance en route to his 18-point performance.
Gullett completed his third double-double on the year, as the Pflugerville, Texas native finished with 14 points and 10 boards, which led the team. The junior connected on 5-of-9 from the field and hit 4-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Michael Stones finished Wednesday’s game with 10 points, hitting 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-8 from the line. The Sophomore also led the team with four assists.
Matthew Johnson swiped three steals on the night leading the team, while also finishing with seven points and three assists off the bench.
As a team, the ‘Fish shot an even 50 (24-of-48) percent from the field, hitting 46.7 (7-of-15) percent from distance, and knocked down 60 (21-of-35) percent from the charity stripe.
The Sailfish return to action next Wednesday, Feb. 15 as they host Saint Leo University. The game is currently set for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.