Basketball on the Ledger for the holiday weekend

Basketball on the Ledger for the holiday weekend

Wednesday, November 26

  Men's Basketball vs. Columbus State –      4 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-2 | CSU 3-0
Website: SLUCSU
Links: Live StatsLive Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo men’s basketball returns home for a pair of Thanksgiving week games, starting with a clash with Columbus State on Wednesday, Nov. 26. This will be the first meeting between the Lions and the Cougars in the Lance Randall era at Saint Leo.
  • The Lions begin the week with a 2-2 mark, and are coming off a 64-63 loss to Young Harris College on Saturday in Macon, Ga. Devin Crisosto paced Saint Leo with 16 points, while Lucas Johnson recorded the Lions’ first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ron Foxx came off the bench to score 12 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 mark at the free-throw line.
  • Columbus State brings an unblemished 3-0 record into Wednesday’s contest, with wins over Middle Georgia, Winston-Salem State, and Elizabeth City State – three teams with a combined record of 5-8, whom the Cougars beat by an average of 10.7 points. The Cougars most recently posted a 79-76 win over Elizabeth City State, led by Kenney Funderburk with 22 points. Brent Jackson came off the bench to chip in 15 points, while starters Ty Harris and Shane Heyward added 13 and 11 points respectively. Funderburk was a Third Team All-Peach Belt selection last season, and was named to the Preseason All-Conference team. The Cougars return all five starters from a year ago.
  • The Lions have outrebounded their opponents in all four games this season, and Saint Leo’s +8.8 rebounding margin ranks 42nd in all of Division II. The Lions also rank among the top 50 in scoring defense (49th, 63.5 ppg) and steals per game (43rd, 9.5 pg). Lucas Johnson begins the week ranked 17th among Division II leaders in total rebounds with 41, and his 10.3 rebounds per game ranks 22nd in the nation.
  • Ron Foxx has made 18 consecutive free throws going back to the second half of the Lions’ season opener versus Alabama-Huntsville. The senior forward is 23-of-26 (.885) at the line this season, and ranks 10th in the Sunshine State Conference in FT percentage.

Friday, November 28

  Women's Basketball at Southern New Hampshire – 1 p.m.

Where: MacArthur Center, (Eckerd College Classic), St. Petersburg, Fla.
Record: SLU 3-0 | SNHU2-2
Website: SLUSNHU
Links: Live StatsLive Video

Game Notes

  • The Lions are coming off an 80-58 win over Southeastern (Fla.) in which Chachi Guzman tallied 22 points to lead the home team.  The guard is averaging 13 points per game and is shooting 51.9% from the field across three games.
  • Freshman Mary Redmond leads the team in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game.  The guard has scored 43 points for the Green and Gold with 15 rebounds while averaging 24.3 minutes per game.
  • Junior Monique Bunk has totaled 18 boards, 16 assists and eight steals in her well-rounded trio of games. Bunk tunes an offense that is averaging 75 points per game while limiting opponents to 53.3.
  • The Lions have limited their turnovers, as opponents are averaging 3.3 more turnovers per game than Saint Leo. The Green and Gold offense has also averaged 7.7 field goals per game from beyond the arc.
  • The Penman dropped a 63-58 decision to Saint Michael’s, as SNHU draws even at 2-2 on the season.  The team is led by Vic Wiseman who is averaging 11.8 points while shooting 57.1% from the field. The forward contributes 7.8 rebounds per game in 22-average minutes of play.
  • The contest marks the first meeting between the two women’s basketball programs.

  Men's Basketball vs. Fort Valley State – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Marion Bowman Activities Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 2-2 | FVSU 3-0
Website: SLUFVSU
Links: Live StatsLive Video

Game Notes

  • Saint Leo continues the home stand on Friday, Nov. 28, when it hosts Fort Valley State at 7:00 p.m. This will be the second meeting between the Wildcats and the Lions in Saint Leo head coach Lance Randall’s fourth season at the helm; Saint Leo and Fort Valley State previously met on Dec. 1, 2012, at the Marion Bowman Center with the Lions posting an 83-65 win. Marcus Ruh poured in 23 points and Trent Thomas added 18 in the victory.
  • Fort Valley State is winless in three tries coming into Friday’s matchup on the hardwood, including  an 86-41 loss to Georgia College in its last outing on November 24. Le’Roy Broner paced the Wildcats with seven points, with Desmond Lofland and Montreal Holley each chipping in with six points.
  • Following Friday’s game with Fort Valley State, Saint Leo will be on the road for three straight contests – including the Lions’ Sunshine State Conference opener on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Barry University. The Lions will return home to close out the 2014 portion of the slate with three games in a four-day span from December 17-20.

Saturday, November 29

  Women's Basketball at UPR-Bayamon – 1 p.m.

Where: MacArthur Center, (Eckerd College Classic), St. Petersburg, Fla.
Record: SLU 3-0 | UPRB 1-2
Website: SLUUPRB
Links: Live StatsLive Video

Game Notes

  • Senior Melissa Jackson has anchored the Lions attack, posting 13.3 points per game while also picking up 22 boards, five steals, four assists, and three blocks.  The forward has logged an average of nearly 30 minutes per game.
  • UPR-Bayamon dropped a home contest to SSC foe Lynn University by a 72-66 score on Nov. 17th. The Cowgirls were led by Roxairaly Armesto, as the forward totaled 22 points and four each of steals and rebounds.
  • Madelyn Velazquez, a guard for the Cowgirls, scored 19 points, shooting 50% from the field while also gathering three rebounds.
  • In the last meeting between the two teams, Saint Leo defeated UPR-Bayamon by a 79-53 final score on Nov. 26th of 2013.

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