Northwood Sweeps Season Series in Men's Hoops Over Palm Beach Atlantic
February 16, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Northwood University men’s basketball team broke away late in their matchup with Palm Beach Atlantic University on Monday night as the Seahawks battled to a 77-60 victory over the visiting Sailfish. The victory brings a season sweep of PBA home to Northwood after splitting the home-and-home series the past two seasons.
Palm Beach Atlantic (9-17) trailed by only four points at halftime with NU holding to a slim 42-38 advantage. However, some second-half shooting woes for the Fish pulled the plug on hopes of an upset of the now 24-4 cross-town rival Seahawks.
After a solid 49% shooting mark in the first (17-35), the Sailfish had hoped to put their recent second-half troubles beside and upset the home-standing Seahawks. That wouldn’t happen tonight however as the Seahawks defense tightened and limited the Fish to only a 25% mark in the second (7-28) including only 1-of-12 from beyond the arc.
PBA was led by 11 points from sophomore Hunter Ross off the bench as he was the only PBA player to reach double-figures. Jonathan Lawrence finished with nine points while Anthony Gugino and DeAndre Williams each chipped in eight points.
The Hawks were paced by 21 points and seven rebounds from Lester Hunte and 19 points and 10 boards from Seven Ezumba as the bigger and stronger-looking Seahawks proved why they have been ranked in the top-10 for much of the season in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) polls.
Jay Duncan and Baree Ward each reached double-figures as well as they added in 14 and 12 points repectively. Ward finished with eight assists and five rebounds as well although he did have nine turnovers as well.
The Sailfish were outscored 35-22 in the second-half.
PBA will look to get back in the winner’s column in their next outing as they will travel to play their final regular season game against Saint Leo University on February 28th at 4 p.m. in Saint Leo, Florida.