Men’s hoops upended by Barry in SSC quarters

Men’s hoops upended by Barry in SSC quarters

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A combined 33 points from seniors Ron Foxx and Cale Girten in the final game of their collegiate career was not enough to overcome a hot-shooting Barry squad, and the seventh-seeded Lions dropped a 71-57 decision to the second-seeded Buccaneers, in Friday's Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Championship quarterfinals at Silver Spurs Arena.

The loss closed out Saint Leo's 2014-15 season with a 14-15 overall record.

Foxx tallied 19 points, with the bulk of that coming off a 10-of-11 performance at the free throw line. The Honorable Mention All-SSC selection also grabbed eight rebounds against the Buccaneers. Girten drained four of the Lions' eight three-pointers on the night, and finished with 14 points.

Sophomore Marcus Dewberry netted 11 points with six boards.

Barry had four players in double digits, led by First Team All-SSC performer Yunio Barrueta and Juan Ferrales with 13 each.

A 9-0 Barry run midway through the second half proved to be too much of a deficit for the Lions to overcome, compounded by an eight-minute span where Saint Leo was unable to connect on a shot from the field.

After tying things up with the Bucs, 32-32, at the 16:57 mark following a Girten jumper, Barry nosed out to as much as an eight-point lead. Saint Leo clawed its way back, and trailed by just four, 44-40, with 12:09 to play after Foxx hit the first of two free throws.

Barry scored the next nine points, extending its lead to 53-40 following a Ferrales trey at the 8:43 mark.

The Buccaneers built on their lead from there, and had a 17-point advantage as the clock passed the 6:00 mark of the second half.

Girten broke the hex on Saint Leo from the field, draining a three-pointer with 5:08 remaining in the game; the Lions' previous bucket was a trey by Taylor Bassett at the 13:09 mark of the half.

Saint Leo opened up a big lead early in the first half thanks to a three-point shooting bonanza by the Lions.

The Green and Gold hit four of their first five attempts from beyond the arc, including three by Cale Girten. Girten's trey at the 14:09 mark capped the surge, and left the Lions with an 18-7 lead over the Buccaneers with 14 minutes left in the half.

Barry responded with a nine-point run of its own, and outscored Saint Leo 18-3 over the next eight minutes, taking a 23-21 lead on a Savad Garner layup at the 7:06 mark.

A four-point play by Foxx with 5:22 remaining in the opening frame stopped the Barry run, and knotted the game at 25-25. Foxx was knocked to the floor on a three-point attempt from the top of the arc, and converted the foul shot.

Barrueta and Williams each hit three-pointers for the Buccaneers down the stretch, helping Barry take a 32-26 lead into the locker room at the half.

Saint Leo shot 33.3 percent from the field, while Barry fired at a 50.0 percent clip. The Buccaneers also held a 37-28 advantage on the boards.

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