Saint Leo rolls past Miles on Foxx double-double

Saint Leo rolls past Miles on Foxx double-double

SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Behind an offensive onslaught from the tandem of Ron Foxx and Edmunds Dukulis, the Saint Leo University men's basketball team routed visiting Miles College 85-59, Wednesday evening in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Senior Foxx capitalized on eight offensive rebounds to score a career-high 23 points, picking up his first double-double of the year with a season-high 11 total boards. Junior Dukulis was 10-for-16 from the paint and perfect in his two trips to the charity stripe, picking up 22 points on the contest.

The senior duo of Cale Girten and Devin Crisosto paced the offensive tempo with six and five assists, respectively, as Girten scored 11 points for the Lions.

The Green and Gold dominated in the paint, scoring 52 points and outrebounding the Golden Bears an astounding 41 to 24 – including a 16 to 10 advantage on the offensive glass that yielded 17 second-chance points for the Lions.

Miles turned to 31 points from the bench to change the offense, but the effort proved futile as the Lions could not be stopped.

The Golden Bears were led by Maiscei Grier, who reached 18 points for the visiting squad and logged four steals. Hasain Bunnell paced Miles' starters with 10 points.

The Lions trailed only for moments, as the Golden Bears scored the first two points of the game in the early minutes.  Saint Leo quickly built a double-digit lead, 23-11, at the 7:17 mark on a pair of Dukulis layups.

Miles began chipping away at the Saint Leo lead with a 9-1 run that brought the Golden Bears to within four, 24-20, at the 3:39 mark of the first half.

However the Green and Gold responded by outscoring Miles, 10-3, over the remainder of the frame, and Saint Leo went into the locker room at the break with a 34-23 lead.

A 15-2 run by the Lions to open the second half effectively put the game into the win column for Saint Leo. Girten scored six points during the surge, which left Saint Leo with a 49-25 advantage at the 15:44 mark of the second stanza.

Miles would briefly cut the margin to under 20 points on three occasions, with the final time occurring with 9:21 showing on the clock on a Jonathan Garrett layup to make the score 61-43.  A conventional three-point play by Dukulis at the other end of the floor extended the Saint Leo lead to 64-23, and jump-started another 15-2 run that resulted in a 31-point advantage for the Lions.

The Lions shot a season-best 55.6 percent (35-of-63) from the floor, and were 12-of-16 at the line.

Saint Leo continues its pre-Christmas home stand on Friday, Dec. 19, when it hosts Limestone College. Tip-off at the Marion Bowman Activities Center is slated for 4:00 p.m.

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