SAINT LEO, Fla. – Any other given night, head coach Vince Alexander would be satisfied with the Saint Leo University men's basketball's 44.1-percent (26-59) shooting from the field. But on Friday night the Lions failed to hold Auburn University at Montgomery to a low percentage as the Warhawks shot 50.0-percent (32-64) from the field while soaring past the Lions with the deep ball connecting on 13-of-22, for 59.1-percent inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center to defeat Saint Leo 91-71.
"I am very disappointed in our effort tonight as a team," Coach Alexander mentioned outside of the locker room Friday night. "After coming off a good road win, you would hope we could build on the momentum of that win but we will regroup and get ready for Monday."
Despite the loss, Justin Satchell picked up his fifth 20-point night with 24 points to lead all scorers. Satchell was dialed in sinking 10-of-19 shots from the field, with 4-of-9 from downtown. Satchell finished the game with game-high eight rebounds while he recorded one assist and three steals.
Junior Searcy turned in another double-digit game, as he finished the evening with 13 points off the bench on 4-of-9 shooting. Searcy finished the night 4-for-4 from the free throw line, picking up the slack from his first performance this past Tuesday where he shot 44.4-percent.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 71 | Auburn-Montgomery 91 Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 5-6, 1-2 SSC | Aub.-Montgomery 3-9
How It Happened…
1H | The first half featured four ties and two lead changes between the Lions and Warhawks on Friday night. Auburn Montgomery (AUM) would get on the board first in the first minute of action after Desmond DeRamus scored on a layup. Justin Satchell answered that with a layup on the other end to tie the game at 2-2 with 18:37 to play. The Lions would control the first six minutes of the game as they would go out to an eight-point lead with 14:12 on the clock after Marcus Dewberry sank a three-pointer to put Saint Leo up 16-8. The Warhawks chipped away getting to within one point and eventually tying it with a 10-2 run with 9:20 on the clock, tied 18-18. The Lions turned around and went on their own run jumped out to a seven-point lead, 25-18, following three straight layups and an and-one from Trail Pierce. AUM came soaring back to tie the game once again after Romoane Eager nailed two three-pointers and DeRamus scored a layup, cutting the Lions lead to one point, 26-25 with 6:56 to play. AUM would control the remaining seven minutes of the game as they would get out to an eight-point lead twice, 40-32 with 1:52 to play and again at 42-34 with 16-seconds to play before Justin Satchell hit a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to cut it to five points at the break, 42-37. Satchell finished the first half with 11 points to lead the Lions while Romoane Eager recorded 15 points for the Warhawks with three three-pointers. | AUBURN MONTGOMERY 42-37 |
2H | The Lions came out of the break and were fired up and brought it to the Warhawks in the first three and a half minutes of action regaining the lead by one point, 44-43, on a Junior Searcy three-pointer with 16:33 on the clock. The game would be close with both teams taking the lead and then losing it before AUM jumped out to an eight-point lead with 13:07 to play, 57-49, after an 11-2 run in a minute and a half. The Warhawks jumped out to an 11 point lead, 60-49 with 12 minutes to play before the Lions crawled back into it with a 10-0 run with 9:26 to play, AUM 60-59. Following the Lions climb, Aub.-Montgomery charged ahead and went out to a double-digit lead of 12 points with 5:57 to go, 73-61. Satchell would drill a three-pointer cutting the lead to nine points following two Tyreece Brice free-throws bringing the Lions to a deficit of 75-66. The Warhawks would outscore the Lions by a bucket, 7-5, over the course of four minutes before the Lions went scoreless for the last 1:18 of the game following a Trail Pierce three-point play. Pierce went up for a dunk and was fouled but made the bucket and sank his free throw to put the Lions at their final score of 71 points. Saint Leo closed the game 0-for-5 from the field with a 0-for-3 mark from the three-point land while the Warhawks ended the game with eight freebies from the charity stripe pushing their lead to 20 points, 91-71, at the final buzzer. Satchell added 13 points to lead the team in the second half while Necdet Gurkan tallied six rebounds to lead half. | AUBURN MONTGOMERY 91-71 |
Points to Note
The Lions fall to 5-6 on the year.
Justin Satchell recorded his fifth 20-point performance after going 10-of-16 from the field with 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Satchell finished the night with 24 points and eight rebounds while adding three steals and one assist to his stat line.
Junior Searcy followed up his performance in Clayton State with 13 points against the Warhawks on 4-of-9 shooting. Searcy went 4-for-4 from the line with two rebounds and one block on the night.
As a team, the Lions shot 44.1% (26-59) from the field and 78.6% (11-14) from the free throw line. Saint Leo shot 34.8% (8-23) from downtown.
The Lions outscored the Warhawks 36-26 in the paint while owning Auburn Montgomery on fast breaks with a 12-9 scoring breakdown.
For Auburn Montgomery
The Warhawks won their third game of the year with a 91-71 victory.
AUM saw four player score in double-figures while three of them went off for 20-plus points. Darrion Taylor scored 22 points for the Warhawks with 4-of-5 three-point shooting. Romoane Eager scored 20 points with 4-of-7 three-pointers where Desmond DeRamus tallied 21 points. DeRamus snagged team-high seven rebounds.
As a team, the Warhawks shot 50.0% from the field where they were 59.1% from downtown, connecting on 13-of-22 shots. AUM went 14-18 from the free throw line to finish at 77.8%.
The Warhawks outscored the Lions bench 45-31 with Eager and Julius McCoy's points. McCoy scored 13 points for the Warhawks on the night.
AUM outrebounded the Lions 38-34 while they used 19 Saint Leo turnovers to score 33 points compared to the Lions 15.
Saint Leo will stay at home as they welcome in Benedict to the Marion Bowman Activities Center on Dec. 19 for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
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