Men's Basketball Comeback Kids Again

Chad Renfro hit some big second half shots to help Barry's comeback cause against PBA. Photo by Jason Roberts

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University men's basketball overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Palm Beach Atlantic, 60-57, Wednesday in a non-conference Division II matchup.

The Buccaneers (11-10) outscored Palm Beach Atlantic, 43-25, in the second half, turning a dismal first half into a thrilling comeback.

Three players scored in double figures for the Bucs, including Evan White's 16 points and seven rebounds. Chad Renfro had 13 points, and Justin McCoy scored 11. Palm Beach Atlantic's Dante Valentine had 15 points and seven boards, and Terrell Terry had 10 points and six boards.

Damien Dwaine grabbed eight boards, and scored five points for Barry, which has made a habit of comeback wins of late. The game featured seven lead changes and five ties.

The Buccaneers shot 18 of 54 from the floor. The Sailfish were 19 of 60. Barry struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 18.2 percent.

Barry trailed, 42-28, with 11:57 remaining after Ian Sitz sank a pair of free throws for the Sailfish (4-18). Renfro canned a three with 10:08 to play to bring Barry within eight. Jermaine Edwards scored on a layup at the 8:39 mark to pull the Buccaneers within six, and Renfro canned another triple 1:05 later, pulling Barry within three.

Dwaine sank a pair of free throws, McCoy answered Terry's jumper with one of his own to pull the Buccaneers within one, 46-45. McCoy sank a pair of free throws with six minutes left to give Barry the lead, 47-46. Salim Fauras knocked down a jumper at the 5:25 mark to push PBA back up one, but McCoy answered again with another big bucket to regive the Bucs the lead, 49-48.

The game was tied on three more occasions until Evan White sank a pair of free throws with 2:24 left, following a technical foul by PBA's Matt Gierl. Renfro scored on a layup to push Barry's lead to four. Nate Vera hit a couple free throws to pull the Sailfish back within two, but McCoy sank the last of three free throws with 32 seconds left to give Barry a three-point cushion.

Vera hit two free throws with 16 seconds left to pull the Sailfish within one, but after two missed PBA free throws, White knocked down a pair from the stripe to ice the game.

"We're going into that final month of the year, ready to turn that corner," White said.

Barry, which plays its next two games on the road, beginning with Saturday's roadie at Tampa, had 14 points off PBA's 22 turnovers. The Sailfish scored just two points off 17 Barry turnovers.

 

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