Foxx tallies 12 points in Saint Leo’s season opener at UAH

Foxx tallies 12 points in Saint Leo’s season opener at UAH

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Senior forward Ron Foxx paced Saint Leo with 12 points as the Lions opened the 2014-15 men's basketball season with a 71-58 loss at Alabama-Huntsville, on day one of the Gulf South Conference/Sunshine State Conference Challenge Classic.

Junior Edmunds Dukulis added 11 points off the bench with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Junior Lucas Johnson led the Lions on the boards with eight rebounds.

Senior Cale Girten added nine points while sophomore Marcus Dewberry chipped in with eight points and dished out six assists.

The Chargers (1-0) had three players in double figures, led by guard Ronnie Mack with 22 points. Seab Webster added 21 points to Huntsville's cause, while Taylor Chapman chipped in with 10 off the bench. Preston Herring led all rebounders with 14 boards.

Saint Leo and Huntsville traded the lead four times and were tied seven times in the first half alone in a see-saw battle.

A Dewberry three-pointer, one of his two in the game, briefly gave the Lions a 23-21 lead with 6:57 left in the opening frame, but Webster responded with a trey of his own for the Chargers. Back-to-back jumpers by Webster and Troy Saxton in the final five seconds of the half allowed Alabama-Huntsville to head into the locker room with a 37-29 lead at the break.

The Lions stayed with the Chargers throughout the early part of the second half, pulling to within one of Huntsville, 43-42, at the 16:02 mark on a Trey Griseck three-pointer.

Saint Leo finally caught UAH at 53-53 on a pair of Foxx foul shots with 8:03 showing on the clock. Webster scored on an unassisted layup at the other end of the floor, and Chapman quickly extended the Chargers' lead to 58-53 with a three-pointer.

The Lions were held scoreless for nearly four minutes following the Foxx free throws, with Dukulis finally breaking the hex with a conventional three-point play with 4:19 to play in the game. However Dukulis' layup on the play turned out to be Saint Leo's final field goal of the night, with Foxx making two more free-throws with 1:16 left to cap the Lions' scoring.

Saint Leo was held to a 17-of-58 (.293) effort from the field and a 6-of-19 clip from beyond the arc. Alabama-Huntsville shot at a 51.1 percent (23-of-45) clip, including 13 three-pointers on the night.

The Lions outworked the Chargers on the boards, 37 to 33, including 14 offensive boards leading to 25 second-chance points.

Saint Leo returns to the court on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1:00 p.m. EST to face North Alabama in final day action at the GSC/SSC Challenge Classic.

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