Saint Leo all over Florida Memorial in lopsided win

Saint Leo all over Florida Memorial in lopsided win

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball hit its stride at both ends of the court on its way to an 89-48 win over Florida Memorial, Tuesday night at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The Lions shot a sensational 51.0 percent (25-of-49) from the floor, including a 10-of-21 mark from three-point range, in the 41-point victory.

Four Saint Leo starters finished in double figures, led by senior Ron Foxx with 21 points on an 8-of-10 effort from the floor. Sophomore Marcus Dewberry drained a pair of three-pointers and was 10-of-14 at the free-throw line on his way to a 20-point night. Seniors Devin Crisosto and Cale Girten chipped in with 14 and 10 points respectively, with Crisosto also handing out five assists and recording three steals.

Junior Lucas Johnson hauled down a game high 11 rebounds, and narrowly missed the double-double with nine points.

"It was a really good team win," said Saint Leo head men's basketball coach Lance Randall. "I thought our defense was very good for the most part. Our ball movement could have been a little bit better. But I like to see a lot of different guys get opportunities to score within their strengths, and that's what our motion offense is supposed to do, and when the guys are unselfish… the ball moves and the guys get good shots."

Defensively, Saint Leo held Florida Memorial to just 35.0 percent (21-of-60) shooting from the floor, and a 3-of-20 clip from beyond the arc. The Green and Gold also controlled the glass, outrebounding FMU 45 to 28.

Saint Leo (2-1) scored the first seven points of the game and held Florida Memorial (1-1) off the scoreboard until the 16:19 mark of the opening half. The Green and Gold extended their lead to double-digits, 16-6, by the 12:27 mark after a Foxx layup.

Florida Memorial briefly cut the lead to single digits on a Timothy Coleman bucket, 16-8. Trey Griseck got the basket back on Saint Leo's next trip up the floor, triggering a 13-2 run for the Green and Gold over the next four minutes of play.

That run left Saint Leo holding a 29-10 lead with 6:18 showing on the first half game clock, and the Lions held an 18-point lead, 39-21, heading into the locker room at the break.

Saint Leo provided no letup offensively in the second half, as the Green and Gold's lead over Florida Memorial stayed in the high teens through the early part of the frame.

A 14-0 run consuming nearly five minutes late in the second half stretched Saint Leo's lead to 71-39 with 4:49 to play in the game, putting the contest out of reach.

Florida Memorial's Samuel Dorismond came off the bench to score 23 points for the visitors, most of it coming off a 9-of-19 shooting performance from the field. Shaquille Harding charted 10 points and seven rebounds to pace the starters.

FMU committed 27 fouls, resulting in Saint Leo making 39 free-throw attempts – the most for the Lions since 43 attempts at the charity stripe in last year's regular season game at Lynn. The Green and Gold converted 29 of those free throws against FMU for a .744 percentage at the line.

Saint Leo heads to Macon, Ga., for its next contest, a neutral site game against Young Harris College on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Georgia Technical College gym.

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