Men's Basketball Falls To Panthers

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – In their Sunshine State Conference opener, the Barry University men’s basketball team (3-5, 0-1 SSC) fell 80-72 to the Florida Tech Panthers (7-0, 1-0 SSC) on Saturday afternoon at the Health & Sports Center.
 
For the third straight game, Karega Tucker set a new career-best, this time with 28 points. Heading into halftime, Tucker led the Bucs with nine points, but came out in the second half to record 19 points for a new career high.
 
Down by 20 at the half, the Buccaneers were able to come out in the second period and outscored the Panthers 48-36. With 9:07 remaining, Barry pulled to within seven of Florida Tech, but the Panthers managed to hold on for the 80-72 win.
 
Barry’s Jamaal Madyun came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points, while Chad Bishop added 10 points. Tucker, Madyun, and Jeff Willis all recorded a team-best six rebounds. Florida Tech was led by Justin Sedlak who recorded 20 points and seven rebounds. Carl McNally posted the game’s only double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Arthur Richardson finished with 17 points.
 
Tucker gave the Bucs an early 3-0 lead with a three-pointer at the 18:48 mark. But after trading leads in the first four minutes, Florida Tech went on a 10-0 run for an 18-8 lead with 12:47 to play. The Panthers led by as much as 22 in the half, but headed into the locker room with a comfortable 44-24 lead.  
 
 The Buccaneers will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 8 taking on the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers at 5 pm in Huntsville, Ala.
 
 
Newspaper Box Score
Florida Tech vs Barry
12/01/07 2:00 pm at Miami Shores, FL (Health & Sport Center)
 
FLORIDA TECH 80, BARRY 72
 
FLORIDA TECH (7-0, 1-0 SSC)
SEDLAK, Justin 8-13 1-3 20; RICHARDSON, Arthur 5-6 4-6 17; McNALLY, Carl 5-6
6-7 16; MURRAY, E.J. 3-9 2-6 9; KELLEY, Jodriguel 3-7 2-2 9; BALLARD, Ryan
2-3 4-5 9; HARVEY, Demetrius 0-0 0-0 0; STURGESS, Paul 0-0 0-0 0; JONES,
Jake 0-0 0-0 0; BEYER, Justin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-44 19-29 80.
 
BARRY (3-5, 0-1 SSC)
TUCKER, Karega 9-14 7-12 28; MADYUN, Jamaal 5-8 0-0 13; BISHOP, Chad 4-13
1-2 10; PARAFINCZUK, John 2-4 2-2 8; WILLIS, Jeff 3-4 2-2 8; LAZO, Gabe 1-7
0-0 3; ASTIGARRAGA, Bryan 0-2 2-2 2; MORRIS, Jeran 0-1 0-0 0; WHITFIELD,
Willie 0-1 0-0 0; CHIVERTON, Bryan 0-2 0-0 0; LEIBOVICH, Martin 0-1 0-0 0;
UZ, Chris 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 14-20 72.
 
Florida Tech..................   44   36  -   80
Barry.........................   24   48  -   72
 
3-point goals--Florida Tech 9-15 (RICHARDSON, Arthur 3-4; SEDLAK, Justin
3-5; MURRAY, E.J. 1-4; BALLARD, Ryan 1-1; KELLEY, Jodriguel 1-1), Barry
10-30 (TUCKER, Karega 3-5; MADYUN, Jamaal 3-4; PARAFINCZUK, John 2-4; LAZO,
Gabe 1-6; BISHOP, Chad 1-5; CHIVERTON, Bryan 0-1; LEIBOVICH, Martin 0-1; UZ,
Chris 0-3; WILLIS, Jeff 0-1). Fouled out--Florida Tech-KELLEY, Jodriguel;
McNALLY, Carl, Barry-None. Rebounds--Florida Tech 33 (McNALLY, Carl 14),
Barry 30 (TUCKER, Karega 6; MADYUN, Jamaal 6; WILLIS, Jeff 6).
Assists--Florida Tech 15 (MURRAY, E.J. 5), Barry 19 (LAZO, Gabe 5). Total
fouls--Florida Tech 20, Barry 22. Technical fouls--Florida Tech-None,
Barry-None. A-403