Men's Basketball Survives Against Florida Memorial in Final Tune-Up

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Johnathan Lawrence (Pictured) Helped Lead the Fish to a 63-62 Exhibition Victory on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Jonathon EnglehardtJohnathan Lawrence (Pictured) Helped Lead the Fish to a 63-62 Exhibition Victory on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Jonathon Englehardt

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With the regular season set to open up next weekend, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team hit the court for an exhibition contest on Saturday afternoon against Florida Memorial University. In a sometimes sloppy brand of basketball with a fair share of highlight moments, the Sailfish earned a 63-62 victory.

Trailing by seven points at the half and by as many as 14 during the first-half of play, the young and new-look Sailfish appeared rattled with some obvious early-season jitters. However, with some improved shooting and a better execution of their half-court defense, the second-half quickly belonged to PBA.

Senior Manny Lopez came off the bench for the Fish and led the squad with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Hunter Ross also came off the Sailfish bench and poured in 14 points. Both players tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.

Senior guard David Powell was the only other PBA player to register double-figures with 12 points while hitting 4-of-12 shots from the field. Powell along with junior Chris Joseph each dished out four assists in the victory.

FMU was led by the powerful inside play of Andre Thomas who led all scorers with 25 points. The lengthy big-man connected on 9-of-13 shots before fouling out of the game late. He also chipped in eight boards and a pair of blocks.

After shooting 40% (10-25) from the field in the opening period, the Fish came out and put together an even more impressive showing after intermission as they totaled 55.6% from the field (15-27) with an exact mark from beyond the arc as they connected for five of nine attempts.

One glaring problem for PBA came at the free-throw line as they shot just 35.3% while hitting 6-of-17 opportunities.

With all their formal pre-season contests out of the way, PBA will turn their attention to the Montevallo Classic. On the campus of Montevallo University in Alabama, the Fish will hit the road in search of their first official victory on Saturday, November 15th followed by another contest on Sunday, November 16th.

Stay tuned to all season long for recaps and updates on the Sailfish.

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