Florida Southern Plays Strong Against PBA Attack in Men's Hoops
December 13, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- While the effort put forth by the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team was admirable on Saturday afternoon at the Rubin Arena, the Florida Southern College Mocs would bend but not break to the tune of a solid 87-69 road victory.
Florida Southern (7-4) utilized a number of standout performances on the offensive end as the #17th ranked Mocs shook off their recent three-game losing streak with two solid halves against the Fish.
PBA was lacking some of their usual offensive production as well as a lack of outside shooting which at times has carried the team this season.
The Mocs finished the contest with a 54% (33-61) shooting mark including 57% in the first-half. Each time the Sailfish went on a run including cutting the lead to single digits in the second-half, the Mocs would rebound and stretch their lead back out to a more comfortable lead.
Senior David Powell led all scorers with 24 points on the night including 15 in the second-half. While not equipped with his usual long range touch as the Hollywood, Florida native connected on just 2-of-8 from beyond the arc, Powell did excel off the dribble as he finished 6-of-8 from the floor on two-point field goal attempts and 6-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Chris Joseph put together his second consecutive double-digit point performance as he netted 13 points while dishing out four assists and collecting four steals.
The Mocs were paced by 20 points from John Thompson who proved dominant at times off the FSC bench. Thompson finished the day 7-of-8 from the field while also pulling down 11 rebounds to garner the double-double.
Rob Eldridge and Braxton Williams each chipped in 14 points while Preston Fredrick added in 12 points.
The Fish will next turn their attention to Florida Tech as they will welcome in the Panthers on Tuesday, December 15th at 7 pm. FIT downed the Sailfish 82-74 in their previous meeting back on December 1st in Melbourne.