Lions cage Cougars, 85-67, behind Foxx’s 22 points

Lions cage Cougars, 85-67, behind Foxx’s 22 points

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Senior Ron Foxx poured in a career-best 22 points to lead Saint Leo men's basketball to an 85-67 trouncing of Columbus State, in a non-conference tilt Wednesday afternoon at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Foxx went 9-of-15 from the field, and shot 2-of-2 at the free-throw line to extend his consecutive free throws streak to 20 over the last five games.

Three other Saint Leo (3-2) starters finished the game in double figures. Sophomore Marcus Dewberry tallied 15 points and hauled down a game-high seven rebounds. Junior Lucas Johnson charted 12 points and senior Cale Girten netted 10 in the win.

Senior Devin Crisosto and Dewberry each handed out six assists for the Lions.

Saint Leo held Columbus State (3-1) preseason All-Peach Belt selection Kenney Funderburk to a regular season-low 10 points, but the Cougars picked up 21 points from guard BJ Battle. Shane Hayward and DeAngelo Kirkland finished the game with 14 and 13 points respectively.

After a handful of early lead changes, back-to-back three-pointers by Foxx and Taylor Bassett gave the Lions a lead they held the rest of the game. That pair of treys started a 17-6 run for Saint Leo, capped by a Dewberry layup at the 10:14 mark of the opening half that resulted in a 26-16 Lions lead.

Columbus State whittled the margin down to five points before another Saint Leo run pushed the Lions' advantage to 40-27 with 2:22 showing on the first half clock. Dewberry and Girten each drained three pointers during the Saint Leo surge, with a Bassett layup punctuating the run.

The Cougars pulled to within single digits of the Lions on two occasions early in the second half, but Saint Leo quickly rallied both times to regain the double-figure advantage. Columbus State's last threat came at the 11:27 mark when a Battle layup brought the Cougars to within 10 of the Lions, 65-55. Johnson responded with a layup at the other end of the court, and Foxx hit his two free throws a few seconds later to put Saint Leo back in front by 14.

Saint Leo began pulling away from Columbus State from that point on, with the Lions hitting the 18-point margin for the first time with 3:49 showing on the game clock on a Foxx layup.

The Lions connected on 30 of their 60 field goal attempts, a season-best effort for Saint Leo in field goals made, and were 9-of-20 (.450) from the perimeter. Columbus State shot at a 44.4 percent (24-of-54) clip from the floor, including a 7-of-21 (.333) effort from beyond the arc.

Saint Leo was an impressive 16-of-17 at the stripe, and the Lions held a commanding 37 to 25 advantage in rebounds – including 15 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second-chance points.

Saint Leo will return to the hardwood on Friday, Nov. 28, when it faces Fort Valley State University at 7:00 p.m. in the Bowman Center.

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