Fish Lose Another Close One to Nova Southeastern in Men's Basketball

Written By: Ron Kotouch, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID Grad. Asst.

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DAVIE, Fla.- Early in the season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University Men’s Basketball team lost a tough  game to visiting Nova Southeastern 72-66.  Saturday evening, they traveled a short drive down I-95 to Nova Southeastern hoping to change their fortunes in the second meeting between the two teams.  Unfortunately, different scenery produced the same results for the Fish as the Sharks held on late to win 82-77. 
 
The Fish led several times throughout the first half, but they still found themselves trailing after 20 minutes to the Sharks who shot a blistering 59.3 % from the field.  Jonathan Lawrence paced the Fish scoring attack in the first half with 10 points, and his free throws with 4:14 left to go put the Fish up 30-27.  Thanks to a pair of Ross Allsop layups, NSU was able to battle back and take the lead going into half-time 41-35. 

The second half started the way the first half ended.  The Sharks quickly jumped out to an 11 point lead, but the resilient Fish continued to battle.  Led by the balanced scoring attack of Joe Kelly, Jonathan Lawrence, and Chris Joseph, The Fish clawed their way back from deficits of 16 and 17 points in the second half. 

Junior Joe Kelly made his first start of the season and responded well with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals in 26 minutes of playing time.  His 3-pointer with 8:33 remaining in the second half cut the Sharks lead to ten points at 63-53.  Later, the Sharks would build their lead back up to 14 with 3:20 to play, but the Fish would not leave The University Center without a fight. 

A Jonathan Lawrence 3-pointer followed by two Chris Joseph free throws cut the Sharks lead to five at 80-75 with 1:16 remaining in the game.  However, that is as close as the Fish would get, as Dionte Perry would hit two pivotal free throws to seal the deal for an 82-77 victory for the Sharks.
Lawrence finished the game with a team-high 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while Joseph contributed another balanced stat line with 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
For the Sharks, All SSC performer Tim Coenraad had a game high 23 points, and Lemar Dyer chipped in 11 points off the bench.  Depth became one of the key factors in the game, as the Sharks outscored the Fish 24-7 off the bench. 
The Sailfish will be back in action on Wednesday February 11th as they travel to Miami Shores, Florida to take on Barry University at 7:30 pm. 
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