Chowan University Takes Down Palm Beach Atlantic at NCCAA South Regional
March 10, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
GREENVILLE, S.C.- An early second-half surge by Chowan University proved too much for the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team on Tuesday evening in the first round of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) South Regional as the Hawks advanced with the 81-72 victory over the Sailfish on the campus of North Greenville University.
Chowan (18-9) utilized a career-night from sophomore Charles Rhodes who poured in 36 points while connecting on all 13 of his free-throw attempts and 6-of-his-8 three-point attempts. Rhodes came in averaging 9.7 points per game.
Unfortunately for the Sailfish (9-19) the big night by Rhodes coupled by a solid 17-point performance from Chris Kenon off the Hawks bench made for a difficult task for PBA head coach Terry Primm and his young squad.
The Sailfish trailed by only six points at halftime as the Hawks took a 37-31 lead into the lockeroom.
Behind the strong outside shooting of Rhodes, the Hawks opened up a lead that grew to as many as 18 points in the second-half before the Sailfish would cut the lead to as close as eight points down the stretch but that would be as close as things would get for the Fish as they close out their season with a 9-19 record.
David Powell and Manny Lopez played their final games in a Sailfish uniform on the night as the senior tandem were the two top scorers for the Sailfish. Powell did not have his deadly outside shot as he managed just 2-of-9 three-pointers going down but the Hollywood, Florida native did find other ways in which to help his team as he led the Fish with 19 points. Lopez was next in line with 14 points while connecting on 4-of-9 shots from the field and adding in six rebounds.
Junior DeAndre Williams finished with 13 points on the night while leading the team with seven boards.
The season ends for PBA but the up-and-coming Sailfish earned five more victories than they did last season including monumental program wins over the likes of Saint Leo University, Barry University, Rollins College, Lynn University, and Eckerd College twice.