Men's basketball falls to Lynn in OT Wednesday night

Men's basketball falls to Lynn in OT Wednesday night

SAINT LEO, Fla. – In a game between two teams that saw two points separate them in their first meeting, it was again two points in Wednesday night's contest. It took an extra five minutes to determine a winner inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center where Lynn came away with a two-point victory, 75-73 to sweep the season series.

"It was a great effort tonight by our guys, that just fell short in the end," Head Coach Vince Alexander expressed following the overtime loss. "In the first half, we let a lead slip away which forced us to work extra hard in the second to climb back into the game. Not paying attention to details down the stretch hurt us and unfortunately we are on the wrong side again tonight."

Justin Satchell led the Lions with his third double-double after recording 25 points and hauling in 10 rebounds on the night. 

Saint Leo trailed by 11 points with 7:58 to play before taking a six-point lead, 64-58, with 2:04 to play. The Lions ended the end of regulation without scoring a point where Lynn scored six to tie the game. Tyreece Brice's tough defense on Terrell Rogers forced him to turn it over with 0.4 on the clock ending regulation.

The Fighting Knights kicked off overtime on fire but the Lions charged back to keep it a tight contest going down to the last 1.2-seconds where Brice's shot fell just short.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 73 | Lynn 75
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 11-12, 5-8 SSC | Lynn 11-10, 6-7 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | The Fighting Knights opened the game with a jumper, but the Lions roared back to take a 10-4 lead before a quick layup on the Lynn side before the first media timeout with 15:43 to play in the first half, Saint Leo 10-6. The Lions went on a 7-0 run to force a Fighting Knights timeout with 13:54 to play after a slam by Darius Huggins, a Huggins hook shot and a Justin Satchell three-pointer, Saint Leo 17-6. The Knights used a 5-0 run over a 3:10-minute span before the under-12 media timeout to cut the Lions lead to 17-11 with 10:43 to play in the opening half. Lynn closed to within two points, 20-18, with an and-one from Jamal Palmer before the two teams exchanged two points before the next media timeout. The Lions held a two-point lead, 22-20 with 7:35 to play in the first half. Lynn took the lead, 27-22, after a quick 7-0 run after the media timeout. Saint Leo cut it to one point, 29-28, with 3:48 to play after a 6-2 run of their own capped off by a Tyreece Brice and-one from Marcus Dewberry. The Fighting Knights closed the half outscoring the Lions 7-4 heading into the break with a four-point lead. Saint Leo was led by Justin Satchell who tallied 13 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting and 3-of-4 shooting from downtown. | Lynn 36-32 |

2H | Lynn came out of the break and picked up where they left off and pushed their lead to 12 points with a 10-2 first four minutes of action, Fighting Knights 46-34. The Lions fought back and closed the gap to seven points, 48-41 after Satchell hit a layup and a jumper one back-to-back trips down the court for the Green and Gold with 12:32 remaining forcing the Fighting Knights to call a timeout. Over the next 4:50, the Fighting Knights would keep their lead to 10 before an 11 point lead with 7:42 to play, Lynn 57-46. The Lions used a 10-1 run to cut the deficit to two points, 58-56 with 3:43 to play. Marcus Dewberry sank two free throws to tie the game, 58-58. Following the two free throws, Saint Leo forced a Lynn turnover followed by a Brice layup to take the 60-58 lead before forcing the Fighting Knights to take a timeout with 3:19 to play. Over the next minute, the Lions' hustle and pressure forced multiple Lynn turnovers and timeouts as the Lions took the six-point lead to the 2:04 mark, 64-58. Lynn fought back and tied the game at 64-64 with a free throw with 5.3 to play. The Fighting Knights had a chance to win with a final shot but a traveling call gave the Lions the ball with 0.4- seconds remaining in regulation. At the end of regulation, Satchell led the Lions with 21 points where Dewberry scored nine points in the second half. | TIED 64-64 |

OT | Lynn opened the overtime period on a 5-0 run to take a 69-64 lead with 2:41 to play in the bonus period. The Lions were haunted by turnovers and missed opportunities in the first 2:19 of overtime. Saint Leo would cut the game to two points, 75-73 with 3.7-seconds to play before a last second shot from Brice barely missed, bringing the contest to an end. | Lynn 75-73 |

Points to Note

  • The Lions fall to 11-12, 5-8 SSC after the 75-73 loss.
  • Saint Leo was led by Justin Satchell who scored 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field including 3-of-5 from downtown. Satchell finished 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Satchell completed the double-double with 10 rebounds to go along with his 25 points.
  • Tyreece Brice scored 10 points off the bench.
  • Marcus Dewberry was third on the team in scoring with nine points, all in the second half, where Antoine Tobias scored eight points and snagged eight rebounds.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 38.2% (29-76) from the field and 61.1% (11-18) from the free throw line.
  • Saint Leo moves to 2-2 in overtime games during the 2016-17 season. 

For Lynn

  • The Fighting Knights improve to 11-10, 6-7 SSC after the win.
  • Lynn sweeps the season series with Saint Leo after a 70-68 win and tonight's 75-73 win.
  • Lynn was led by Jamal Palmer and Marquan Botley who each tallied 16 points. Kevin O'Brien and Terrell Rogers both scored 12 points to help lift the Knights.
  • Vieux Kande hauled in game-high 12 rebounds and finished with nine points.
  • As a team, the Fighting Knights shot 43.3% (26-60) from the field and 59.3% (16-27) from the charity stripe.

Next Up
Saint Leo stays at home this weekend when they welcome Florida Tech to the Bowman Center for a 7:30 p.m. Sunshine State Conference matchup.

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