Late run by men’s hoops falls short at #12 Barry

Late run by men’s hoops falls short at #12 Barry

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Saint Leo's 42 percent shooting from the field, 14 points from senior Ron Foxx, and a run in the three minutes were not enough to get the Lions past 12th-ranked Barry University, as the Buccaneers defended their home court, 64-56, in the teams' Sunshine State Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at the Barry Health & Sports Center.

Saint Leo (4-4, 0-1 SSC) trailed by 10 points as the clock passed under the three-minute mark, and Barry (6-0, 1-0 SSC) extended its lead to 13 points, 56-43, on a trey by Juan Ferrales.

A pair of traditional three-point plays by junior Trey Griseck and senior Devin Crisosto brought the Lions to within seven of the Buccaneers, and Foxx cut the margin to five, 56-51, on a pair of free throws with 1:21 showing on the clock.

After a dunk by Barry's Yunio Barrueta at the Lions' end of the floor, senior Cale Girten responded with a three-pointer to bring Saint Leo to within four, 58-54, with 50 seconds remaining. Barrueta got one of those points back when he connected on the first of two foul shots, but sophomore Marcus Dewberry drove in for a fast break layup with 34 seconds left to cut the Barry lead to 59-56.

The Lions were unable to cut any further into the Buccaneers' lead, as Barry went 5-of-6 at the free-throw line over the final 30 seconds to hang on for the win.

Foxx was one of four Lions to finish in double figures against the Buccaneers. Girten charted 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-4 mark from the perimeter. Crisosto and Griseck each netted 10 points, with Griseck leading Saint Leo on the boards with seven rebounds.

Ferrales paced Barry offensively with 17 points including four three-pointers, while Deric Hill finished with 16 points and dished out six assists. Barrueta tallied 10 points in the win.

Saint Leo outshot Barry over the 40 minute affair that featured 11 lead changes and five ties, however the Lions were outrebounded, 34 to 31. The Buccaneers converted the Lions' 13 turnovers into 18 Barry points.

The Lions entered the game ranked eighth in all of Division II with a .802 free-throw shooting percentage, and improved upon that figure by going 7-of-7 at the line versus the Buccaneers.

Saint Leo returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 13, when it travels to Palm Beach Atlantic for a non-conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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