LAKELAND, Fla. – In the Sunshine State Conference opener of the 2016-17 campaign, the Saint Leo men's basketball team went into Jenkins Field House in Lakeland, Fla. and lost a heartbreaker 97-87 on Wednesday night. In a night that the outcome didn't favor the Lions, a newcomer shined; Antoine Tobias scored his first double-double in the Green and Gold against the Moccasins.
"We came up short yet again, but like I've said all year, we need to execute and at the end of the day our execution let us fall short once again," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated after the loss to Florida Southern. "Going to Florida Southern and winning is tough, or any road game for that matter, but we have to pay attention to detail down the stretch and that got us tonight."
Tobias scored 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead all players in rebounds. In the scoring column, four other Lions scored in double-figures led by Marcus Dewberry who added 20 points on a somewhat quiet night for the guard. Necdet Gurkan has been a mainstay for the Lions on the court as he chipped in with 14 points ahead of Justin Satchell who had 12 and Davon Payne who had 11.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 87 | Florida Southern 97 Location: Jenkins Field House | Lakeland, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 0-3, 0-1 SSC | Florida Southern 1-2, 1-0 SSC
How It Happened…
1H | The first half featured nine lead changes and five ties with the Moccasins holding the possession time of 12 full minutes. Saint Leo had climbed into the lead multiple times and have held the advantage for 4:52 in the first half. Florida Southern climbed out to a six-point lead three minutes into the game, 10-4, before Darius Huggins made a layup to cut it to 10-6. Huggins would then slam it home to cut it to 10-8 in favor of the Mocs. Justin Satchell found himself wide open in the corner and buried home the three to put the Lions ahead 11-10, closing out Saint Leo's 7-0 run. With 3:53 to play in the half, Saint Leo climbed out to their largest lead of the half, four points, after Justin Satchell broke the 33-33 tie with two free throws followed by Tyreece Brice's jumper, 37-33. The Lions saw Marcus Dewberry lead the offense with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field including two three-pointers. Antoine Tobias is cleaning up the boards with nine rebounds, leading all players in the first half. Saint Leo as a team shot 42.9-percent in the first half on 15-of-35 from the field. Florida Southern is led at the half by Michael Volovic who has nailed three three's and made one jumper and two free throws for his 13 points. As a team, the Mocs are shooting 45.9-percent from the field, 17-of-37. | Florida Southern 46-41 |
2H | Saint Leo opened the second half outscoring the Mocs 13-9 before the first media timeout at 14:47. Florida Southern would find themselves in a scoring drought for 2:17 minutes after the score was 55-54 in favor of the Mocs. Saint Leo climbed back to the lead going up 61-59 with 12:05 to play before the teams traded buckets for the next minute. The Lions pushed out to a five-point lead, 67-62, after Antoine Tobias hit a jumper followed by a Mocs turnover that turned into a Marcus Dewberry jumper. Florida Southern used a 7-0 run to regain the lead with four minutes to play, 77-72. It would then turn into a Tobias Gurkan show as Tobias hit two free throws closing the gap, 77-76, and Gurkan trading buckets with the Mocs himself keeping the game a one-point contest. In four minutes the Mocs had the lead after outscoring the Lions 16-9 with 1:39 on the clock. An error by the table caused the Lions to lose a timeout before the Mocs went on to push their lead to 10 points as the Lions cooled off in the final 50 seconds. Antoine Tobias scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half as he added six of his 15 rebounds. Marcus Dewberry added 10 points to his game total. The Mocs were led by Brett Hanson who scored 16 points ahead of Jeremiah Davis who had 10. | Florida Southern 97-87 |
Points to Note
Saint Leo fell to 0-3, 0-1 SSC after the difficult setback to Florida Southern.
Five Lions scored double-figures led by Marcus Dewberry who scored 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the field and 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. Dewberry finished the game two rebounds shy of a double-double, holding onto eight boards.
Antoine Tobias was second on the team with 15 points as he completed his double-double with 15 rebounds as well.
Necdet Gurkan keeps finding ways to score for Saint Leo as he scored 14 points on a perfect 5-for-5 from the field with 2-of-2 on three-pointers.
As a team, the Lions finished with a 43.7-shooting percentage on 31-of-71 from the field going 31.-percent from three-point land. Saint Leo found a way to crash the boards winning that matchup 46-37.
For the Moccasins
Florida Southern saw four players in double-figures as the picked up their first win of the year, 97-87 over Saint Leo moving to 1-2, 1-0 SSC.
The Mocs were led by Michael Volovic who scored 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 6-of-8 from downtown.
Brett Hanson showed his new home what he was capable of when he scored 20 points for the Mocs in his first home game at Jenkins Field House.
Jeremiah Davis added 20 points to the total where LaBrian Shifelt recorded 15.
The Mocs finished the night going 38-of-74 from the field and 10-of-21 from three-point territory.
Saint Leo will step back out of conference for the remainder of 2016 as they head home to host the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, for the first home contest of the season for the Green and Gold.
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