Men’s basketball drops midweek game at Palm Beach Atlantic

Men’s basketball drops midweek game at Palm Beach Atlantic

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball fell to Sunshine State Conference provisional member, Palm Beach Atlantic 76-65 Wednesday night inside the Rubin Arena.

"Early foul trouble and turnover really hurt us tonight," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated following the game where the Lions recorded 20 turnovers and committed 20 fouls. "Regardless, we have to regroup and get ready for this weekend versus Nova Southeastern."

On the night, Saint Leo was led by Marcus Dewberry who scored 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting with 2-of-6 from downtown. Junior Searcy tied his career-high with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor with 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 65 | Palm Beach Atlantic 76
Location: Rubin Arena | West Palm Beach, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 12-13, 6-9 SSC | Palm Beach Atlantic 12-11, 8-8 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | Saint Leo started things off in the first half with a slim lead before Palm Beach Atlantic took the lead 12-11 with 16:11 to play before the Lions jumped out to a five-point lead 17-12 with 15:09 to play. Two free throws by PBA cut the Lions lead to one point, 19-18 with 11:58 to go before the Sailfish took a one-point lead, 20-19 on a Dakota Zinser layup with 9:40 to play. PBA moved out to a 12 point lead, 34-22 with 5:42 to play after the Lions went scoreless for over eight minutes. The Lions kicked it back into gear and stopped turning the ball over and cut the deficit to five points, 34-29 with 4:33 left in the first half. Both teams would go scoreless for the next minute going into the final media timeout of the first half. Palm Beach Atlantic closed the half on a 7-0 run over the last 2:21 where the Lions failed to score points in the last 2:30 of the half, finding themselves trailing by 14 at the break. At the half, Marcus Dewberry led the team with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor with 2-of-3 from downtown. Drago Popovic recorded eight first-half points where Justin Satchell and Trail Pierce each chipped in with six points for the Lions. | PBA 46-32 |

2H | The Sailfish came out of the break and continued to control the pace as they built out to a 56-32 lead at the first media timeout after a 10-0 run to start the half. The Lions would keep fighting by cutting into the lead and knocking it down to an 18 point deficit, 62-44, on two Marcus Dewberry free throws with 8:51 to play. PBA pushed it right back to 20 points with a layup before Justin Satchell cut it back down to 17 points with a three-pointer with 8:05 to play, PBA 64-47. Both teams would go cold from the field as the Lions held the Sailfish to zero points over 3:08 of action or one of their last 13 field goals to the 5:37 mark. PBA held a 14 point or more lead for the next 4:31 before the Lions cut it to 13 with 1:06 to play, 74-61 and then to 11 with 0:31 to play, 74-63. The Sailfish ran the court and tried to push it back to a 13 point win but Dewberry hit a jumper with no time left to cut it to 11, reaching the final of 76-65.  

Points to Note

  • The Lions move to 12-13, 6-9 SSC on the year.
  • Marcus Dewberry scored his 20th double-digit game of the year; second consecutive after 18 points Wednesday night.
  • Junior Searcy tied his career-high with 17 points in the setback.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 37.3% (22-59) from the field including 37.5% (6-16) from downtown and 71.4% (15-21) from the charity stripe.
  • The Lions bench' outscored the Sailfish 29-25, behind Searcy's 17, Drago Popovic's eight, Davon Payne and Pete Okonkwo's two points apiece.

For Palm Beach Atlantic

  • The Sailfish improve to 12-11, 8-8 SSC after the win.
  • The Sailfish swept the Lions in the season series after a 78-77 win in Saint Leo on Dec. 30 and Wednesday's 76-65 win in West Palm Beach.
  • PBA was led by Grant Gullett with 16 points where Dakota Zinser added 15 and Michael Stones added 11.
  • As a team, the Sailfish shot 45.9% (28-61) from the field, 44.4% (4-9) from three-point range and 64% (16-25) from the free throw line.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic won the rebounding title 41-31 and outscored the Lions 48-22 in the paint. The Sailfish hit their largest lead of 26 points in the second half with 14:25.  

Next Up
Saint Leo remains on the road when they travel to Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 18. To take on Nova Southeastern at 4:00 p.m.

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