SAINT LEO, Fla. – A wild finish inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center saw the Saint Leo men's basketball team come away with a 68-65 Sunshine State Conference win over Florida Southern on February 1st. Marcus Dewberry drilled a three-pointer with one second left in the game to push the Lions up 68-65, leaving the Moccasins just 0.6-seconds.
"We have been on the other side of this outcome, too many times this year, and I am thankful for being on this side," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated after the win. "It was a tale of two halves. We played so great in the first half but then I felt we lapsed in the second. We still have a lot of work to do but we are getting better. I am proud of our guys for fighting and coming out on top tonight."
Saint Leo trailed by four with 34-seconds to play before a Dewberry layup, a missed free throw for the Mocs and an ensuing jumper by Dewberry tied the game at 65-65. Saint Leo's lock-down full court defensive pressure caused a crazy outlet pass at half court leading to a turnover where Dewberry came up with the ball with two seconds to play. Dewberry raced down the court and drained the go-ahead, game-winning three-pointer leaving just 0.6 on the clock.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 68 | Florida Southern 65 Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 11-10, 5-6 SSC | Florida Southern 8-13, 6-6 SSC
How It Happened…
1H | Saint Leo and Florida Southern would play a tight first 4:02 as they found the first media timeout with 15:58 to play at 7-5 in favor of the Lions. Justin Satchell found four quick points in the first few minutes on an alley-oop from Marcus Dewberry and a quick put-back after a Dewberry missed three-pointer late in the shot clock. Florida Southern would come out of the timeout and go on a 5-0 run before the Lions answered with a 12-2 run to force a Mocs timeout with 11:48 to play, Saint Leo 19-12. Saint Leo would climb out to a 14 point lead on a Davon Payne jumper, 26-12, with 10:04 to play. The Mocs would outscore the Lions 8-2 over the next three minutes before the media timeout at 7:37, Saint Leo 28-20. Florida Southern closed to within five points, 30-25, before Satchell hit a deep three-pointer to push the lead to eight, 33-25. The Mocs came down the court and scored a quick two before the Lions called a timeout leading 33-27 with 4:12 to play. Both teams would play tough defense as the Mocs barely outscored the Lions 5-4 in the last 4:12. Justin Satchell led at the half with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while securing five rebounds. Tyreece Brice came off the bench and notched seven points for the Lions. | Saint Leo 37-32 |
2H | The Mocs came out of the intermission and were running the court and capitalizing on Lion turnovers and missed shots, scoring five quick points to tie the game at 37-37. Florida Southern still pushed the pace as the Lions failed to convert on offense scoring just one point to the Mocs eight. Saint Leo would be forced to call a timeout to regather their thoughts trailing 45-38 with 15:45 to play in the half. Saint Leo would charge back closing the game to four points, 48-44, with 11:41 to play in the game, while the Mocs went cold for 2:46 scoring zero points on six attempts. The Mocs used the media timeout to recharge and came back out and pushed their lead back to 52-44 before two free throws from Junior Searcy cut it to 52-46, leading to a Mocs timeout with 9:25 to play. Saint Leo roared back with a 7-2 run to cut into the Mocs lead, 54-53, with 7:30 to play capped off by a Dewberry layup; Davon Payne stole the ball and ran coast-to-coast with Dewberry on his left, and Satchell on his right, going to Dewberry with the no look pass for the easy layup. Florida Southern would nail a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, 57-53. Both teams would miss their next few attempts heading to the under-eight media timeout with 5:40 to play, FSC 57-53. Saint Leo tied the game via the Junior Searcy dunk with 3:45 to play. Jeremiah Davis ran the floor and tip-in a ball to put the lead back in the hands of the Mocs with 3:30 to play going into the final media timeout, 61-59. Antoine Tobias slammed the ball home with 3:17 on the clock tying the game. Both teams failed to score over the next few minutes before Florida Southern called a timeout with 1:43 to play. Florida Southern capitalized on two blank possessions for the Lions and converted them into a 65-61 lead before Dewberry laid it in moving the game to 65-63 with under a minute to play. A missed free throw by the Mocs' Michael Volovic led to a Dewberry jumper tying the game, 65-65. A terrible pass from the Mocs allowed for the Lions to gain the ball with 5-seconds on the clock where none other than Dewberry flies down the court draining the three-pointer with 0.6 on the clock. | Saint Leo 68-65 |
Points to Note
Saint Leo improves to 11-10, 5-6 SSC after the win. The Lions improve their win streak to four games.
The Lions split the season series with the Mocs after the loss on Nov. 16 (97-87) and tonight's win, 68-65.
Justin Satchell led the Lions with 16 points on 6-13 shooting from the field. Satchell finished with nine rebounds and two assists.
Junior Searcy and Marcus Dewberry scored 12 points apiece on the night where they both had four rebounds, two assists where Dewberry added one steal.
As a team, the Lions outscored the Mocs 30-26 in the paint, 16-5 in bench points, 15-10 in second chance points. Saint Leo won the rebounding title for the second consecutive night outrebounding Florida Southern 51-43.
The Lions finished the night going 36.4% (24-66) from the field, 33.3% (7-21) from downtown and 76.5% (13-17) from the free throw line.
For Florida Southern
The Mocs fall to 8-13, 6-6 SSC after the loss.
Florida Southern was led by Jeremiah Davis who scored a game-high 26 points.
Tyler Ross and Michael Volovic rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Mocs finished with a 35.8% (24-67) shooting from the field, 42.9% (9-21) from downtown and 50% (8-16) from the free throw line.
Saint Leo travels to Miami Shores to take on No. 7 Barry on Sat., Feb. 4 at 4:00 p.m.
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