Lions take down Fort Valley State, 67-45

Lions take down Fort Valley State, 67-45

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball picked up an all-important regional win behind sophomore Marcus Dewberry's 21-point night in a 67-45 victory over Fort Valley State, Friday at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Dewberry was 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free-throw line while cruising to his third 20+ point game of the season. Junior Trey Griseck tallied 10 points in the win, largely thanks to a pair of three pointers.

Saint Leo senior Ron Foxx finished the night with 16 points, including a 6-of-6 effort at the stripe to extend his consecutive free throws streak to 26, and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Foxx's perfect mark at the line was part of the Lions' 22-of-22 team performance at the charity stripe versus Fort Valley State, Saint Leo's best effort at the foul line in Lance Randall's term as head coach of the Lions.

Seniors Cale Girten and Devin Crisosto, both of who battled foul trouble most of the game, each dished out four assists. Junior Lucas Johnson tallied three blocks in the win.

Saint Leo finished the outrebounding Fort Valley State, 29 to 24. The Lions have outrebounded their opponent in all six games thus far in 2014-15.

Tyrone Brinson and Le'Roy Broner each tallied 12 points to pace Fort Valley State offensively. Saint Leo kept the Wildcats' leading scorer, Desmond Lofland, in check throughout the game, holding the senior guard to just five points – with three of that coming at the free-throw line.

The Lions shot 46.3 percent (19-of-41) from the field, including an 11-of-18 (.611) clip in the first half. Defensively, Saint Leo kept a lid on Fort Valley State in the opening stanza and held the Wildcats to 21.7 percent (5-of-23) shooting from the floor.

Saint Leo's shooting and defense in the first half enabled the Lions to race out to a 17-point lead at the intermission, 31-14. The Lions' advantage reached double-digits at the 13:41 of the frame on a Foxx three-pointer, one of two he hit during the game. That put the Lions in front, 15-4, a lead which became 18-4 after a Lucas Johnson block at the other end of the floor followed by a Griseck trey.  

Fort Valley State rallied somewhat in the second to shoot 55.0 percent (11-of-20) from the field, but Saint Leo's impressive first half margin proved to be too much for the Wildcats to completely overcome.

The Wildcats steadily chipped away at the margin in the second half, and pulled to within 11 of the Lions, 44-33, with 7:31 left on the game clock following a Jordan Cornelius three-pointer.

Saint Leo answered by outscoring Fort Valley State 10-3 over the next four minutes, including a 6-of-6 mark at the stripe during that span, and extended its lead back to 18 points. A late surge by the Lions pushed the margin to 20 points, 60-40, on a Dewberry layup with 2:58 to play.

The Lions will be on the road for their next three games, starting with a game at Flagler College on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7:00 p.m. That game will be Saint Leo's final tune-up before its Sunshine State Conference opener at Barry University on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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