FLORENCE, Ala. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team fell to Gulf South Conference/Sunshine State Conference Challenge host North Alabama 101-96 after forty minutes of basketball wasn't enough. Marcus Dewberry joined an elite club in the setback as he eclipsed the 1,000 career point's milestone with 35 points on Sunday, Nov. 13.
"Winning on the road is difficult but if you want to be a championship team, it's essential," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated after the overtime loss to North Alabama. "Once again our execution and attention to detail down the stretch was poor and it cost us another close game. It's our job to get them better and we will work relentlessly to make it happen."
Dewberry, who entered the season 32 points shy of 1,000, put up back-to-back 30-plus point games as he scored 30 points Saturday night to open the season and followed that up with 35 points Sunday night to move to 1,033 for his career.
"Marcus [Dewberry] is not only one of the best athletes I've ever coached but also a great individual," Alexander added about Dewberry moving into the 1,000-point club. "It is an incredible feat to get 1,000 career points, Congratulations to him and our team."
Dewberry the night with 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists leading all scorers once again. Justin Satchell put up 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds where Tyreece Brice added 14 points and snagged seven boards while dishing out five passes. Necdet Gurkan chipped in with 11 points where Davon Payne gave the Lions 13 points off the bench. Other than Gary Hector's two points and Antoine Tobias' one point, the Lions got all scoring from Dewberry, Satchell, Brice, Gurkan and Payne.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 96 | North Alabama 101 Location: Flowers Hall | Florence, Alabama Records: Saint Leo 0-2 | North Alabama 2-0
How It Happened…
1H | Marcus Dewberry put the Lions up 3-1 with the first bucket for Saint Leo two minutes into the game, pushing him over 1,000 career points. The lead would exchange hands over the next five minutes before the Lions opened it up to a seven point lead, 21-14, on back-to-back threes from Dewberry and Tyreece Brice with 13:20 to play. North Alabama would go on a 7-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to tie the game at 21 apiece. Saint Leo answered that with 10-3 run to extend their lead back to seven with 5:27 to play in the opening period. UNA would close the half cutting into Saint Leo's lead outscoring the Green and Gold 12-8 as the Lions headed into the locker room with a three-point lead. Dewberry lead all scorers at the half with 14 points followed by Satchell who had 12 points. | Saint Leo 39-36 |
2H | UNA's Austin Timms opened the half with a three-pointer to even things out in the score once again. Saint Leo would get out to a lead, where the Lions held onto a slight lead for the first six minutes of the game before North Alabama took a one-point lead with 14:22 to play, 49-48. Saint Leo played from ahead for the majority of the second half, even extending their lead to eight points in the second half at 11:24, 61-53. North Alabama would close within two points, holding the Lions to a slight margin with 10:06 to play and again at 9:24. Saint Leo would build up to a six point lead after Davon Payne sank four free throws and Necdet Gurkan's three at the 7:47 mark, 70-64. With 5:31 on the clock, Dewberry made a free throw pushing the Lions lead to nine points, the largest of the game, 78-69. UNA forced overtime after shutting the Lions down and ending the second period on a 15-6 run tying the game at 84's with 23-ticks left on the clock. A missed three-pointer by Saint Leo at 0:05 on the clock sent the game into overtime. Dewberry added 16 points to his tally after the second half and was one of two players to score double-figure in the period; UNA's Damion Ottman scored 10 points to help tie the game late in the period. | TIED 84-84 |
OT | The overtime period saw three ties resulting in a close finish to the contest. Saint Leo jumped out to the lead two times early in the period at the 4:32 mark and 3:13 mark off of jumpers from Tyreece Brice and Necdet Gurkan. After the game was tied at 88-88 with 2:51 to play, North Alabama went on an 8-0 run to climb to a 96-88 lead with 1:10 to play. Saint Leo closed the gap with their own 8-0 run by three's from Dewberry and Davon Payne while Dewberry's jumper at 00:27 tied it at 96's. North Alabama would go on for the 101-96 win after a layup with 18-second left and three free throws down the stretch. | North Alabama 101-96 |
Points to Note
Marcus Dewberry jumped into the 1,000 career points club after posting 35 points for his second straight 30 point performance in the opening weekend of the game. The senior shot 12-of-18 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to lead the point scorers for the second consecutive game. Dewberry finished with 35 points, eight boards, five assists, and two turnovers.
Dewberry missed his first free throw dating back to Feb. 20, 2-16 when the Lions defeated Florida Tech in Saint Leo. Dewberry was 26-for-26 from the free throw line before the miss in the second half at 5:31.
Four other Lions scored in double-figures. Justin Satchell had 20 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Tyreece Brice added 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Necdet Gurkan notched 11 points and snagged eight rebounds where Davon Payne came off the bench and scored 13 points with three rebounds and two assists.
Dewberry, Satchell, Brice, Payne and Gurkan scored 93 of Saint Leo's 96 points leaving just three points to spare. Gary Hector picked up two points going 1-for-1 from the field where Antoine Tobias scored the other point going 1-for-2 from the free throw line.
As a team, the Lions shot 47.2-percent (34-72) from the field, 37-percent (10- 27) from beyond the arc and 78.3-percent (18-23) from the free throw line.
Saint Leo turned to the paint in the loss outscoring North Alabama 42-36 in the paint.
For the Lions
North Alabama saw four players in double-digits led by Dimario Jackson who tallied 21 points. Jackson led the way with six boards and six assists for the Lions. Jeff Hodge scored 19 points, where Damion Ottman and Johnell Ginnie scored 16 and 12, respectively, off the bench for North Alabama.
The Lions won the rebounding battle 46-44 and outscored Saint Leo 36-16 in bench points.
North Alabama shot 42.9-percent (33-77) from the field and 44-percent (11-25) from three-point territory and added a 63.2-percent mark from the stripe (24-38).
Saint Leo will look to open Sunshine State Conference play on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Florida Southern. The game between the Lions and Moccasins is scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m. as the second game of the SSC doubleheader.
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