Second-Half Shooting Woes Sink Sailfish Efforts Against Flagler College

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Johnathan Lawrence (Pictured) Poured in 19 Points to Lead the Fish. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Johnathan Lawrence (Pictured) Poured in 19 Points to Lead the Fish. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.- Things started out promising for the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team on Saturday evening as they took on Flagler College in a pivotal South Region contest. However, after falling behind early and getting to within one point at the half, the Saints overcame their rough start and came away with a comfortable 79-67 victory at Flagler Gym.

Trying to earn a sweep of the Saints after the PBA women’s team handed the Lady Saints a 67-60 defeat in the day’s earlier hoops matchup, the Sailfish men’s squad was never quite able to get in an offensive flow in the second-half as they managed just 33 points and made some uncharacteristic poor decisions with the basketball.

Flagler (9-9) earned their tenth straight victory over PBA in the series as they pushed across 47 points in the second-half while finishing with five players reaching at least 13 points. The Saints were paced by Jon Matthews who led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-13 from the field, all off the FC bench. John Pietkiewicz added in 20 points while big man Ben De La Cruz finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

PBA (8-9) were led by junior guard Johnathan Lawrence who collected team-high honors with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Anthony Gugino was the only other PBA player to reach double-figures with 10 points however he struggled with foul trouble for much of the night to the tune of playing just 16 minutes.

Junior point guard Chris Joseph finished with seven points, eight assists, and 10 rebounds in a solid overall performance. Senior David Powell, who entered leading the Fish with just under 18 points per outing, managed just five points as he could never find his typical outside stroke.

The Fish were just 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the second-half.

PBA will welcome in their second NCAA Division I opponent of the season for their next outing as they will take on the University of South Dakota on Thursday, January 15th. Tip-off is slated for 7 pm in the Rubin Arena.

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