Lights-out Lions win shootout over Limestone, 73-63

Lights-out Lions win shootout over Limestone, 73-63

SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Saint Leo men's basketball scorched the nets at the Bowman Activities Center on Friday night, shooting 61.7 percent from the field on its way to a 73-63 wire-to-wire win over Limestone College.

The Lions (7-4) went 29-of-47 from floor for their best shooting performance since early in the 2011-12 season: a 63.5 percent mark in a 118-150 win over Trinity.

Junior Edmunds Dukulis paced Saint Leo with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. Senior Ron Foxx had the hot hand after the intermission with 18 points, all in the second half, to rally when the Lions when Limestone's perimeter shooting brought the Saints to within four with under eight minutes to play. Foxx also hauled down a game-high eight rebounds.

Senior Devin Crisosto added 17 points to the Lions' cause, while sophomore Marcus Dewberry dished out seven assists.

Three Limestone (2-8) players finished in double-figures, led by Assad Woods with 17 points and five assists. Brolin Floyd and Shaq Dance each tallied 14 points for a Saints squad that shot 43.1 percent from the field.

Saint Leo led right from the first minute on a Dukulis layup and a Crisosto three-pointer. The Lions' lead reached double-digits, 29-19, at the 4:51 mark of the opening half on a Marcus Dewberry layup.

Limestone rallied with a conventional three-point play by the Saints' Brolin Floyd, a Shaq Dance layup, and a foul shot by Sommy Ogukwe to within four of the Lions with 2:32 left in the half. Dewberry responded with a layup of his own and Dukulis tipped-in his own layup attempt as the clock passed the one-minute mark, helping to give Saint Leo a 33-25 lead at the intermission.

The Lions rolled out of the locker room for the second half and went straight into a 13-2 run to open the frame, extending their lead to 19 points, 46-27.

That's when Limestone suddenly found its shooting touch from beyond the three-point line, to make the game competitive.

The Saints went 5-of-6 from the perimeter to outscore the Lions, 26-11, over an eight-minute span and pull to cut Saint Leo's lead to 57-53. Woods and Justin Holliman each drained a pair of treys during Limestone's comeback run, which ended with a Justin Crowder three-pointer with 7:38 remaining.

That would be as close as the Saints would get, however, as the Lions began matching Limestone bucket-for-bucket. A Dukulis layup and plus-one at the line with 4:17 to play gave Saint Leo some breathing room, and a three-pointer by Foxx exactly two minutes later gave the Lions a 10-point margin.

Saint Leo concludes its pre-Christmas slate of games on Saturday, Dec. 20, when it hosts Evangel University (Mo.) at the Bowman Activities Center. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.