PBA Survives Double Overtime Thriller Over Barry University

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chris Joseph (Pictured) Takes on a Barry University Defender on Saturday Afternoon at the Rubin Arena. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chris Joseph (Pictured) Takes on a Barry University Defender on Saturday Afternoon at the Rubin Arena. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- It took 50 minutes of court time to get it done but the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team still managed to come away with a victory on Saturday afternoon as Barry University took the Fish into double overtime before PBA could come away with a 73-69 victory.

The Sailfish (4-3) are now winners of three straight and have already miraculously tied their win total from 2007-2008 as they have defeated the likes of Eckerd College, Saint Leo University, and Barry University in games this week. Today also marked the third straight game in which PBA has handed their opponent their first loss of the season as Barry drops to 2-1.

With both teams running a slow-down approach with neither squad ever really hitting their stride on offense, the two teams entered halftime with a 29-25 advantage for the visiting Bucs. After a reciprocal score in the second-half left both teams tied at 54 at the end of regulation, both teams would look to take home their first overtime victory of the young season.

Five minutes later the two teams were tied once again as BU guard Chris Uz connected on a fade-away jump-shot as time expired to send the game into another extra period. In the end however, some clutch free-throws by the likes of PBA guard Jonathan Lawrence iced the game down the stretch and send PBA to the lockeroom with a hard-fought 73-69 victory.

An off shooting night for PBA as the Sailfish tallied just a 35% shooting mark including a 30% (6-20) mark from beyond the arc, it would be their defense and timely forced turnovers that would keep them in the ballgame.

Utilizing a very balanced scoring attack, the Fish were led by four players reaching double-figures on the night. Forward Hunter Ross and point guard Chris Joseph each tallied 16 points followed by senior Manny Lopez with 14 and Lawrence with 10 points.

Lopez led the team with seven rebounds as he helped carry the team despite an off shooting night as the San Juan, Puerto Rico native shot just 4-of-18 from the field.

The Bucs utilized a similar offensive style as the Fish as three players reach double-figures highlighted by 15 points from Erick Nsangou. Chad Bishop notched 13 points in the point’s column while Karega Tucker added in 10 points before fouling out.

After a busy week of basketball sandwiched around the mid-week holiday, the Fish will rest up and be back in action on Wednesday, December 3rd as they welcome in Rollins College for a 7 pm showdown at the Rubin Arena.

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