Men's basketball drops road contest at Nova Southeastern

Men's basketball drops road contest at Nova Southeastern

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball attempted to come back and held a lead in the second half at Nova Southeastern, but eventually, when the final buzzer sounded, the Lions fell to the Sharks 80-70 inside the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center Saturday afternoon in a Sunshine State Conference matchup.

"It's tough for us to beat a zone without one of our best shooters," Head Coach Vince Alexander mentioned outside the locker room Saturday evening. "You pair that, us missing Justin (Satchell), with the other team going to the line twice the amount as us, it will be tough to win a game. A road game at that."

With the game going in favor of Nova Southeastern, the Lions (12-14, 6-10 SSC) and Sharks (6-19, 3-14 SSC) split the season series for the 2016-17 campaign.

On the night, Saint Leo was led by Marcus Dewberry and Tyreece Brice who scored 16 points for the Green and Gold. Dewberry finished 4-of-8 from downtown and Brice 3-of-9 from three-point range. Dewberry hauled in team-high seven rebounds and dished out game-high seven assists for the night.

Junior Searcy notched 13 points on the night after going 6-for-6 from the free throw line and Davon Payne adding 11 points off the bench on 3-of-7 shooting. Payne made two three-pointers and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line.  

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 70 | Nova Southeastern 80
Location: Rick Case Arena | Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 12-14, 6-10 SSC | Nova Southeastern 6-19, 3-14 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | Nova Southeastern jumped out to an early 6-2 lead before Junior Searcy connected on a three-pointer and hit the free throw to tie the game, 6-6, with a four-point play with 17:19 to play. After a Drago Popovic layup, the Sharks went out to a 15-8 lead after a free throw following the media timeout with 15:42 on the clock. The Sharks would climb out to a nine point lead with 11:54 remaining before the Lions climbed back to cut it to a five point game, 25-20, on a Lawrence Watt jumper before a media timeout at 7:16. Two Davon Payne free throws would get the Lions within four points, 28-24, but a foul on the offensive side caused the Sharks' Remi Farrell to connect on two free throws making it 30-24 with 4:10 to go, and still 30-24 as the game reached the final media timeout of the first half, 3:48 30-24 in favor of Nova Southeastern. Nova Southeastern's Dwayne Gibson would make one free throw and a three-pointer, after the Sharks got the offensive rebound, to make it a nine point game again, in favor of the Sharks, 34-25. The Lions would close the half outscoring 10-5 after Tyreece Brice connected on two three-pointers and one floater while Searcy tallied one jumper, to head into the break trailing by four. | Nova Southeastern 39-35 |

2H | Saint Leo came out of the break and used an 8-3 run to take the lead, 43-42 with 16:51 to play. The Sharks' Harrison Goodrick laid it in to push Nova Southeastern back in front, 44-43 with 15:32 to go as the game reached the first media timeout of the second half. The Sharks would build back to a five point lead, 48-43 with 13:16 to play before Dewberry sank a three-pointer cutting it to 48-46. Searcy would get called for a technical but the Sharks would only make one of the two freebies, 49-46, to head into the second scheduled media leading by three. Nova Southeastern pushed their lead to eight points, 58-50, before the Lions used a fast pace to cut it to four, 60-56 with 7:39 remaining. Over the next four minutes, the Sharks would use a 9-3 run to open the game back to 10 points, 69-59. Nova would push their lead to 13 points right out of the timeout, 72-59, as the Lions came roaring back to cut the lead to six points, on a Davon Payne three-pointer with a minute to play, 76-70. Saint Leo couldn't get a shot to fall in the last minute as the Sharks made four free throws to push the game to its final 80-70.  | Nova Southeastern 80-70 |

Points to Note

  • The Lions fall to 12-14, 6-10 SSC after the loss. With the loss, the Lions and Sharks split the season series 1-1.
  • Four scored double-digits led by Marcus Dewberry and Tyreece Brice with 16 points apiece. Junior Searcy added 13 points a Davon Payne chipped in 11 off the bench.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 93.3% (14-15) from the free throw line, 38.3% (23-60) from the field and 34.5% (10-29) from downtown.

For Nova Southeastern

  • The Sharks improve to 6-19, 3-14 SSC after the win.
  • Dwayne Gibson led the way with game-high 24 points ahead of Harrison Goodrick at 18 points and Carl Alenfall with 10. Goodrick hauled in game-high nine rebounds.
  • As a team, the Sharks shot 70.3% (26-37) from the charity stripe, 46% (23-50) from the field and 34.8% (8-23) from downtown.

Next Up
Saint Leo returns home to host Eckerd at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 in the last home game of the 2016-17 season as the Lions will honor the seniors.

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