NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The University of The Bahamas men’s basketball team dropped its first game of a three-game road trip on Wednesday night, falling 94-69 to St. Thomas University.
UB was competitive in the first half but seemed to run out of gas in the second, committing careless turnover and playing lackluster defense.
The Mingoes trailed by just four points (56-52) with 12 minutes left in the game, however, the Bobcats used a 10-0 scoring run to push ahead with just over six minutes to go. St. Thomas managed to keep the Mingoes at bay the remainder of the way.
Kymsey Sylvester had 25 points and nine rebounds in the loss for UB, while Justin Smith chipped in with 24 points and five steals.
“We are still learning how to close out games,” said UB coach Bacchus Rolle. “I thought we played a good brand of basketball in the first half, but it appeared that we just ran out of gas at the end. We were down six with nine minutes left to go in the game and we just stopped getting back on defense. We also allowed a lot of points from our turnovers.
“We definitely can learn something from this loss. We need to work more on conditioning and stamina to put our players in a better position to finish off games.”
The Mingoes look to get back in the win column in its next two games against Florida Memorial University and Broward College.