BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team erased a 23-point deficit, but the Lions could not close out the miraculous comeback as Lynn rebounded to claim a 90-71 win in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday night from Lynn’s deHornle Center in Boca Raton.
A sluggish start saw the Lions looking at an early deficit that grew to double-digits by the first time out. The host Fighting Knights continued to outscore Saint Leo (10-10, 1-9 SSC) throughout the first half, opening up as much as a 23 point lead with a 43-20 score after Lynn’s John Hall drained a 3-pointer with 4:48 left.
With Lynn keeping a commanding 48-34 lead into halftime, it appeared the second half would be much of the same, but the Lions had another idea.
The start of the second half was a polar opposite of the first as the Lions quickly had the lead down to just five after the first media timeout. On its way down, the margin kept shrinking as the Lions were rolling behind Walter Perkins and Saladeem Dewberry, who seemed to drain every shot they took.
Jamal Robinson would hit a jumper at the 11:44 mark to knock the lead down to one, but a Fighting Knight basket would have the advantage back up to three. Dominick Robinson would drain a 3-pointer to again shrink the lead to one, and Jeremy Jackson would hit the front-end of two free throws to tie the game with 8:23 left.
After that point, Lynn sparked back to life while the Lions went ice-cold, scoring just nine points for the remainder of the game. The Fighting Knights exploded for 16 points in just five minutes, outscoring SLU 16-4 during that period to slot the game away in their favor.
Perkins and Dewberry had the best night of all the Lions. Dewberry posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 boards. Perkins joined with 10 points and 10 rebounds, posting his second double-double of 2010-11.
For the victorious Fighting Knights, Josh Garcia led all scorers with 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 8-of-11 from three-point-range.
After dropping eight of their last nine games, the Lions will look to right the ship when they return to the Marion Bowman Activities Center to face Nova Southeastern on Saturday afternoon. The Lions and Sharks will tip things off at 4:00 p.m.