Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2019
LAKE WORTH, FL – Freshman center Malik Brikat notched his program-record fourth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds (both team highs) and sophomore guard Brandon Stewart turned in a personal season-best 14 points in ASA Miami's 73-59 win over host Palm Beach State College Wednesday night.
It was almost a wire-to-wire victory for the Silver Storm Wednesday – only trailing 2-0 and 4-2 in the opening minutes before taking a 6-4 lead, a lead that ASA Miami would never relinquish.
The Silver Storm (7-18) set a new program record for Southern Conference (SOCON) wins in a season – earning its third victory over a conference foe this season – along with winning two consecutive conference games for the first time in program history. Wednesday's win also keeps ASA Miami in control of its own destiny in terms of its postseason hopes. While still fifth in the SOCON standings, the Silver Storm can still upend the teams ahead of them with victories over the next two weeks.
Brikat, who also owns ASA Miami's single-game rebound record (18), stuffed the stat sheet – adding a block, an assist, and a steal in his 36 minutes of work. Stewart also recorded a team-high three steals.
Freshman Jaryn McCann added 11 points (4-of-6 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range) and four boards, redshirt sophomore Matt Maturah added 10 points, while freshman point guard Sebastian Jean flirted with a triple-double – finishing with nine points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.
ASA Miami made multiple defensive adjustments for Wednesday's game. Having lost to the Panthers 75-69 two and a half weeks ago, a game in which Palm Beach State had three players finish with 14 or more points, the Silver Storm held the Panthers to 42 percent shooting from the field (24 percent from three-point range) and only two players finished with double-digit points.
Up Next: ASA Miami will be able to bask in its consecutive conference victories for a few days before returning to its home floor Saturday (Feb. 9) for a non-conference game against Advance Prep Academy.