Three Lions in double figures not enough to lead men’s hoops past Young Harris

Three Lions in double figures not enough to lead men’s hoops past Young Harris

MACON, Ga. -- Saint Leo senior Ron Foxx's jumper in the waning seconds was blocked and the Lions dropped a 64-63 nail-biter to Young Harris College, in a non-conference men's basketball matchup Saturday afternoon at the Central Georgia Technical College Gym at The Historic Ballard Hudson.

The Lions had possession of the ball with 4.9 seconds remaining, after senior Devin Crisosto's layup attempt rimmed out and was rebounded by Young Harris' Sam Mike. However Mike stepped on the baseline, giving the ball back to Saint Leo.

Foxx had a clean look at the basket from about 10 feet out, but the Mountain Lions' Kevin Altidor got a piece of the shot with the ends of his fingers sending the ball straight into the air. The two teams scrambled to gain possession, but neither side could get a clean handle on the ball as the horn sounded.

That sequence capped a see-saw battle that featured 11 lead changes and nine ties, including two ties and three lead swops in the final six minutes alone.

An and-one on a Foxx three-pointer with 5:09 to play broke the game's eighth tie. That four-point play gave the Lions a 56-52 lead, and Saint Leo looked like it might be on the verge of a late run to take charge of the contest.

The two squads traded buckets to make the score 58-54, with the clock whittling down to 4:38.

A pair of Young Harris treys over the next minute keyed a seven-point swing in the score as the momentum swung back to the Mountain Lions. C.J. Wilson nailed a three with 4:26 showing, and Wilson hit the first of two foul shots at the 3:45 mark to tie the game at 58-58.

Young Harris' Ben Waterhouse connected on another three barely 20 seconds later, giving the Mountain Lions the 61-58 lead.

Following a pair Marcus Dewberry free throws, Saint Leo briefly grabbed its last lead of the game on a Cale Girten trey with 1:45 showing on the clock. That gave the Lions a 63-61 advantage coming down the stretch.

Young Harris responded with a three of its own at the other end of the floor to retake the lead heading into the final minute. A Saint Leo turnover and a missed layup by Young Harris kept Saint Leo within one of the Mountain Lions, but took precious time off the clock for the Green and Gold.

Crisosto finished the game with 16 points for Saint Leo, while junior Lucas Johnson turned the season's first double-double for the Green and Gold with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Foxx finished with 12 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 mark at the free throw line.

Marcus Dewberry dished out six assists, while Crisosto recorded four.

Young Harris also had three players in double-digits, led by Wilson and Herdie Lawrence with 15 each. Altidor chipped in with 12.

The Mountain Lions shot 45.9 percent (22-of-48) from the field, to Saint Leo's 40.4 percent (21-of-52), but it was Young Harris' 11-of-21 mark from three-point range that did the most damage.

Saint Leo did outrebound Young Harris, 37 to 25, with an 11-3 margin on the offensive glass that led to 19 second-chance points for the Lions. The Green and Gold have outrebounded their opponents in all four games this season.

Saint Leo returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 26, when it faces Columbus State University at 4:00 p.m. in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

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