Foxx finishes with 14 points as Lions fall to Palm Beach Atlantic

Foxx finishes with 14 points as Lions fall to Palm Beach Atlantic

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo senior Ron Foxx tallied 14 points as the Lions dropped a 60-43 decision to Palm Beach Atlantic, in a non-conference men's basketball matchup Saturday afternoon at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Senior Devin Crisosto added 10 points for Saint Leo (11-8) with sophomore Marcus Dewberry adding nine off the bench. Junior Edmunds Dukulis grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to go with six points in the Lions' cause.

Palm Beach Atlantic (7-9) had three players score in double figures, led by Garet Tucker and Clayton Williams with 15 points and six rebounds apiece. Ronnell Ross tallied 13 points for the Sailfish, while Nigel Sydnor charted nine points and a game-high four assists.

The Sailfish went 10-of-21 from three-point range, paced by Williams' 5-for-5 effort from the perimeter. Ross tacked on three treys of his own. The three-point field goals accounted for half of Palm Beach Atlantic's overall 20-of-43 (.465) mark from the field.

Meanwhile, Saint Leo was held to just 32.6 percent (14-of-43) from the floor on Saturday, including 2-of-21 from beyond the arc.

In the first half, Saint Leo led by as many as four, 15-11, at the 11:08 mark following a Dewberry three-pointer. The Lions remained in front as the clock passed under 7:00 in the opening frame, 20-18, thanks to a Crisosto layup.

Palm Beach Atlantic proceeded to score 10 straight points, including treys by Williams and Ross, to take a 28-20 advantage with 3:31 to play in the half.

A pair of Foxx foul shots ended the Lions' scoring drought, but the Sailfish continued to hold an eight-point lead, 32-24, at the break.

Saint Leo dodged in-and-out of trailing PBA by double-digits through the first 10 minutes of the second half, and were within eight of the Sailfish, 42-33, as late as the 11:27 mark following three foul shots by Foxx.

Palm Beach Atlantic outscored the Lions 13-4 over the next five-and-a-half minutes, extending its lead to 54-37 with 4:55 to play.

Saint Leo was 4-of-14 from the field the rest of the way, while PBA went 6-of-8 to keep the Lions at check and prevent a comeback effort by the Green and Gold.

Saint Leo returns to Sunshine State Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 28, when the Lions travel to Davie, Fla., to face Nova Southeastern University. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the NSU Arena.

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