Sellout crowd sees Foxx net career high versus #20 Lynn

Sellout crowd sees Foxx net career high versus #20 Lynn

POST-GAME VIDEO FROM COACH LANCE RANDALL

SAINT LEO, Fla. – A record crowd at the Marion Bowman Activities Center saw senior Ron Foxx score a career-high 24 points in front of a national audience, but 20th-ranked Lynn University spoiled the storybook ending to a historic day with a 62-55 win over Saint Leo men's basketball on Sunday afternoon.

An amped-up capacity crowd of 1,275 shook the Bowman Center in a game televised on CBS Sports Network and www.NCAA.com, and Foxx's 10-of-10 mark at the line coupled with a 6-of-14 effort from the field gave Saint Leo (10-7, 2-4 Sunshine State Conference) some highlights for their national television debut.

Defensively, the Lions held the Fighting Knights (12-2, 5-0 Sunshine State Conference) relatively in check at over 20 points below their season average. Saint Leo also held command of the boards, 35 to 26, including 13 offensive rebounds that produced 10 second-chance points for the Green and Gold.

However Saint Leo yielded 23 turnovers for 25 Lynn points – including some during key possessions in the game's final minutes.

"Turnovers and foul trouble on key players – it's been the same mistake, it's a repetitive issue, and we've got to correct it or it's going to be an inconsistent at best conference season," said Lance Randall, Saint Leo head men's basketball coach after the game.

A 9-0 run by Lynn to end the game allowed the Fighting Knights to steal the win, after a Foxx three-pointer at the 2:49 mark gave the Lions a 55-53 lead.

Saint Leo was unable to hang onto that lead down the stretch, committing three turnovers and going 0-for-3 from the field. Lynn countered with a 9-of-11 effort at the free-throw line over the final two minutes. The Knights' run started with a pair of Fred Landers free throws on Saint Leo senior Devin Crisosto's fifth foul with 1:45 left on the clock.

The Lions led the Fighting Knights by as many as six points, 24-18 at the 5:22 mark of the opening frame, following four straight free throws by Foxx. A Trey Griseck layup barely 30 seconds later kept the Lions in front by six.

Lynn's 15-3 run to end the frame allowed the Fighting Knights to take just their second lead of the game, which they held through the remaining of the half and into a 35-29 advantage at the intermission.

Beyond Foxx's 24-point effort, eclipsing a career-best mark set earlier this season against Miles College, junior Edmunds Dukulis posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Crisosto and sophomore Marcus Dewberry each chipped in with six points, while Crisosto dished out four assists.

Lynn's Benjamin Berry tallied 21 points and recorded four steals for the Fighting Knights, with a 5-of-7 mark from the perimeter.

Aaron Harrison chipped in 18 points on a 7-of-11 effort from the floor, while Russell Wilson handed out seven assists for Lynn.

Lynn connected a 44.7 percent (21-of-47) clip across both halves, buoyed mostly by its 14-of-29 effort (.483) in the first half. Saint Leo was most consistent in its 38.8 percent (19-of-49) over 40 minutes.

Saint Leo continues its three-game home stand on Wednesday, Jan. 21, when it hosts Eckerd College at the Bowman Center. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

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