Lions upended by Flagler in non-conference road clash

Lions upended by Flagler in non-conference road clash

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Despite 17 points from senior Ron Foxx, Saint Leo men's basketball had a 59-51 setback to undefeated Flagler College on Monday night at Flagler Gym.

Foxx went 5-of-16 from the floor, leading a Saint Leo (4-3) squad that shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the field and was 13-of-16 at the free-throw line. Foxx connected on seven of his 10 attempts at the line and saw his consecutive free throws streak end at 29, after missing on the second of two free throws early in the second half.

Sophomore guard Marcus Dewberry tallied 10 points in the loss, while junior Edmunds Dukulis came off the bench to add eight bounds with a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Devin Crisosto dished out five assists for the Lions.

Three Flagler (5-0) players finished in double figures, led by Jerrell Oxendine with 16 points. Dennis Diaz netted 13 points, while Lydell Manigo scored 10.

The Saints shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the floor, including an 8-of-30 (.267) clip in the opening half. Flagler found its shooting touch in the second half to go 12-of-21 (.571) from the field, outscoring Saint Leo 39-30 over the final 20 minutes to erase the Lions' 21-20 halftime lead.

The Lions matched their season-low with just nine turnovers, but Flagler outrebounded Saint Leo, 40 to 34 – the first time this season the Lions have been outworked on the glass.

Saint Leo went on a 7-0 surge to end the first half and overcome what had been a six-point deficit, 20-14, with 3:07 remaining in the frame. Johnson drained a three-pointer to start the run, which was capped by a Dukulis layup with five seconds remaining.

The second half featured four ties and saw Flagler's lead again reach six points as the clock passed under the six-minute mark, when a Saint Leo rally tied the game. A layup and a pair of foul shots by Foxx brought the Lions to within two, with a Dukulis layup at the 3:57 mark knotting the contest at 46-46.

The Saints eventually broke the game's final tie on a series of Diaz free throws, punctuated by a De'Aires Tate jumper to give Flagler a 53-48 lead. Two more foul shots by Oxendine extended the Saints' lead to 55-48 with 27 seconds showing on the clock.

A Cale Girten trey at the 17-second mark cut the margin to four points, but Saint Leo would get no closer.

Saint Leo opens Sunshine State Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 6, when it travels to Miami Shores, Fla.., to face Barry. Tip-off against the Buccaneers is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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