Late run lifts Lynn past men’s hoops despite Foxx double-double

Late run lifts Lynn past men’s hoops despite Foxx double-double

BOCA RATON, Fla. – A 16-point effort by senior Cale Girten and a double-double by senior Ron Foxx were not enough to lift Saint Leo men's basketball past Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn University in a 70-67 loss to the Fighting Knights, Saturday evening at the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center.

Foxx charted 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lions, who fell to 12-13 overall, 4-9 in the SSC, with the loss. The double-double was Foxx's fourth of the season. Girten logged his 16 points with a 6-of-11 effort from the field, including four three-pointers.

Sophomore Marcus Dewberry finished with 12 points and dished out a team-best three assists.

Aaron Harrison, who was fifth in the SSC in scoring coming into Saturday's game, paced Lynn with 27 points with most of that coming off a 10-of-20 mark from the floor. Benjamin Berry and David Johnson each tallied 10 points.

Saint Leo shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the floor, running far more efficiently than a Lynn squad that was held to just 36.7 percent (22-of-60).

That efficiency from the field allowed the Lions to build a double-digit lead in the second half, peaking at 13 points as late as the 7:21 mark on a foul shot by senior Devin Crisosto.

Lynn cut Saint Leo's lead down to single digits with an 8-0 run, and the Fighting Knights pulled to within five of the Lions on two occasions – the last coming with 3:14 remaining on a pair of Russell Wilson free throws. The Lions connected on four free throws over the next minute to hold off the Fighting Knights, with Crisosto's shot at the stripe leaving Saint Leo with a 67-58 lead as the clock passed under the 2:00 mark.

Saint Leo was unable to build on its lead as Lynn went on a 12-0 run to end the game on its way to the win.

The Lions committed six of their 23 turnovers over the final two minutes, leading to 10 points for the Fighting Knights. Saint Leo was unable to connect on its only field goal attempt – a layup by Crisosto with nine seconds remaining in the game, which would have given the Green and Gold a one-point lead.

Instead, Lynn's Pavle Raickovic grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. That sent Harrison to the line, where he sank both free throws to help seal the Lions' fate.

The Fighting Knights yielded 31 points off the Lions' 23 turnovers. Lynn narrowly outrebounded Saint Leo, 35 to 34, but had a commanding 19 to 10 advantage in offensive boards which the Fighting Knights converted to 17 second-chance points.

Saint Leo returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when it faces archrival University of Tampa at 7:30 p.m. at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

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