Men's Basketball Nets Historic Victory Over Lynn University

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla.- Not only did the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team earn their first victory of the season on Wednesday evening, but they also registered their first ever victory for the men’s basketball program against Lynn University.  The Fish utilized a solid shooting performance in the second-half against the Fighting Knights as they went on to claim victory by a final score of 80-67. 

Previously 0-7 in their attempts for a first-ever program victory over nearby Lynn University, the Sailfish finally came away with a victory as they dominated the second-half of play on the offensive end.

The first-half featured a low scoring output for both teams as PBA entered halftime clinging to a 30-25 lead. Neither team shot particularly well in early going as the Fish (1-2) came away with a 33.3% shooting effort in the first-half while the Fighting Knights (1-1) connected for 34.5% from the field.

The Fish never trailed in the game as senior Manny Lopez opened things up with a three-point basket just 32 seconds into the game. Both teams would trade baskets for much of the first-half as PBA never led by more than six points in the opening frame.

PBA would open things up a bit more in the second-half as the Fish put 50 points on the board in the second 20 minutes while shooting at an impressive 61.5% from the field on 16-of-26 shots overall. The lead would grow to as many as 14 points for the visiting Blue and White while keeping the Knights away from a serious comeback attempt.

Lopez led all scorers on the night as he poured in 24 points on 7-of-13 shots from the field while hitting all eight of his free-throw attempts. Not alone as an offensive standout, Lopez inside game was nicely complemented by junior point guard Chris Joseph as the first-year PBA player netted 22 points while hitting 7-of-11 shots from the floor and 8-of-11 attempts from the charity stripe.

Senior David Powell was the other Sailfish player to net double-figures on the night as he managed 14 points. Normally the team’s most reliable outside shooter, Powell connected for just 2-of-8 attempts from long-range but found other ways to help his team as Powell pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Junior transfer DeAndre Williams chipped in eight points and seven rebounds off the Sailfish bench in 26 minutes of action.

Lynn was led on the night by guard Chris Hall who registered 19 points and five rebounds but connected for just 6-of-14 field goal attempts.

The Knights were held to just a 39.3% team shooting percentage while PBA’s superb second-half efforts pushed their team shooting percentage to 45.2% overall. The Fish also held the advantage on the glass as they pulled down a 43-31 rebounding advantage including 12 on the offensive end.

Now 1-2 on the season after a narrow defeat against #16th-ranked University of North Alabama in their last outing, the Fish will turn their attention to their home opener on Saturday, November 22nd when they welcome in rival Nova Southeastern University for a 7 pm matchup at the Rubin Arena.

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