Saint Leo, Fla. (January 24, 2007) – Sophomore Kyle Rowland (North Port, Fla.) scored a career- and game-high 25 points, and the Saint Leo men’s basketball team (9-8, 3-4 SSC) erased an eight-point deficit in the final 1:39 of regulation before coming out on top in a 102-95 overtime win over SSC foe Florida Southern College (6-11, 3-4 SSC) on Wednesday night.
Saint Leo senior guard Richard Blue (Miami, Fla.) capped off the furious rally in regulation, as he hit a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer to send the teams into overtime. The Lions then outscored the Mocs 16-9 in the extra frame to move a game above .500.
Overall, each team had four players score in double figures, as Florida Southern forward Andrei Grant had 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in defeat for the Mocs. Blue scored 19 points for the Lions with Jordan Prais (Fr., Lakeland, Fla.) and Saladeem Dewberry (Fr., Calypso, N.C.) netting 10 points each.
The game was tight throughout with eight lead changes and eight ties. The largest lead of the contest came with 1:00 left in overtime, as Saint Leo led by nine.
Southern’s largest lead was eight, and they matched that lead with just 1:39 left in regulation following a three-point play by Will Graham. Rowland then scored five straight points for the Lions, including a three-point play of his own before Blue sent the game into overtime with his buzzer-beating trey.
In the OT, Saint Leo took control following a dunk by FSC’s Graham to open the scoring. The Lions outscored the Mocs 16-7 from that point, including 6-of-7 at the free throw line to secure the win.
The 100-point performance by Saint Leo marked the first time ever that an SSC opponent has eclipsed the century mark against Florida Southern in league play.
Saint Leo continues SSC play on Saturday when Lynn University visits the Bowman Center. Opening tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.