Tuesday, December 17, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Paine College men’s basketball team hosted the Sailfish from Palm Beach Atlantic University for their last nonconference game of the season and lost in the last second of the game. The Sailfish (3-8) defeated the Lions (4-5) 80-78.
Palm Beach Atlantic put the first points on the scoreboard and scored five points before an Alfonso Davis layup put the Lions on the board. From there, Paine remained scoreless until the 12:36 mark of the first half. Kenny Fluellen converted a layup to give Paine four points to the Sailfish’s 17 points. The Purple and White slowly but surely began to lessen the deficit and finally took the lead with 3:42 on the clock following a layup by Jordan Warner. At halftime, the Lions retreated to the locker room with a two-point cushion leading the game 38-36.
Evin Graham opened up the second half for the Sailfish with a jumper to tie the game and then a layup following a turnover by Davis to take the lead. Adrian Caldwell responded with two free throws to tie the game back up. The Lions then began to pull away again and they led by ten with about 11 minutes to play. With 4:24 to go, a Graham 3-pointer tied the game back up. The Sailfish took the lead with their next basket and held on tight. Palm Beach Atlantic led by as much as five as time ticked away on the clock. A huge 3-pointer by Markees Walker with 17 seconds left tied the game. The Sailfish called a timeout and returned to the court and drove the ball to the basket where Graham made the biggest shot of the game. Graham pulled a short jumper that went through the net just as the buzzer sounded to give the Sailfish the game.
Warner had his best game as a Lion scoring 20 points and shooting 90 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line. The junior also had one block, one assist and led the team in rebounds with seven. Fluellen scored 14 points, Walker scored 12 and Sean Morgan scored 11 for Paine.
As a team, the Lions shot 44 percent from the field, 47 percent from behind the arc and 67 percent from the line. The Sailfish shot 56 percent from the field, 53 percent from behind the arc and 54 percent from the free throw line. Their leading scorer was Clayton Williams (18).