Men’s hoops finishes season as Division II’s FT pct. leader

Men’s hoops finishes season as Division II’s FT pct. leader

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Since the start of classes late last summer, there have not too many early mornings or late nights when there wasn't at least one member of the Saint Leo men's basketball team in the gym working on their foul shooting.

All that time in the gym has paid off with a spot atop the NCAA's year-end statistical rankings report.

The Saint Leo men's basketball was the top free-throw shooting team in all of Division II, according to the NCAA's end-of-season statistical rankings.

The Lions shot .803 at the free-throw line in 2014-15, besting second place Colorado Christian (.784) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (.782) on the team free throw percentage leaderboard.

In the Sunshine State Conference, the next closest rival was Barry University – and the Buccaneers were nearly forty percentage points behind the Lions with a .768 free throw percentage. Florida Southern was third with a .765 clip at the charity stripe.

"This award is a credit to the hard work our players put in," said Lance Randall, Saint Leo's head men's basketball coach. "Year-round skill development is a very important component of our success. I am proud of this group receiving this well-earned national recognition."

Two Saint Leo men's basketball players finished among the top 50 in individual free throw shooting percentage. Sophomore Marcus Dewberry led the Sunshine State Conference and was 18th in the nation with a .885 FT pct., while senior Ron Foxx shot .860 from the free-throw line and was ranked third in the conference and 41st among all Division II players.

Four members of the team shot .800-or-better at the foul line, and three more connected on better than 70 percent of their free throws.

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