Men’s hoops wins third straight with victory over Tuskegee

Men’s hoops wins third straight with victory over Tuskegee

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball controlled the boards and the free-throw line on its way to a 76-64 win over visiting Tuskegee University, in a South Region matchup Friday night at the Bowman Center.

The Lions (5-1) shot a perfect 25-of-25 at the free-throw line, setting a new single-game benchmark by eclipsing the 22-of-22 effort posted by Saint Leo last season against Fort Valley State. Saint Leo also outrebounded Tuskegee, 33 to 27.

The Basics: 
Final Score: Saint Leo 76, Tuskegee 64
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-1 | Tuskegee 4-2

How It Happened 

1H | The Lions led from wire-to-wire against the visiting Golden Tigers, grabbing a 6-0 advantage and holding Tuskegee off the scoreboard for the first three-and-a-half minutes. Camden Foster's layup at the 16:29 mark ended TU's scoring drought, but it would be nearly another three minutes before the Tigers would score again while Saint Leo extended its lead. The Lions eventually stretched their lead into double digits, 23-10, with 8:40 remaining on Caleb Stewart's four-point play, after Stewart was knocked to the floor on a successful three-point attempt. Tuskegee briefly cut the margin to seven points, 25-18, following an 8-0 run, but another Stewart trey squashed the come-back bid. The Lions outscored the Golden Tigers 10-4 over the remaining four minutes of the opening frame, and held a 16-point lead going into the locker room at the break. A tightly-guarded Stewart drained a three-pointer from well beyond the arc as the buzzer sounded, giving Saint Leo a little more padding for its lead.  | Saint Leo 38-Tuskegee 22 |

2H |Tuskegee chiseled away at Saint Leo's lead in the second half, but never threatened to over the Lions. The Green and Gold extended their lead to 17 points, 48-31, at the 16:21 mark of the second half, before the Golden Tigers made their challenge. An 8-2 Tuskegee run brought the Golden Tigers to within 11, 50-39, with 13:17 remaining, but nearly six minutes would tick away before Tuskegee could get any closer. Saint Leo rattled off six straight points to retake a 17-point lead, 58-41, at the 10:49 mark, despite having to battle through foul troubles.  The Lions held onto a double-digit lead all the way down to the final three minutes, when an 8-0 Tiger run left Saint Leo with a two-possession lead, 70-64, with 1:53 remaining. A Carter Belling jumper extended the Lions' lead to eight points, and Saint Leo went 4-of-4 at the line over the final minute to preserve the win.  | Saint Leo 76 - Tuskegee 64 |

Points to Note

  • Caleb Stewart paced the Lions with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while hauling down a team-best eight rebounds, despite fouling out of the game in only 24 minutes.
  • Stewart was one of three Saint Leo players in double figures; he was joined by Marcus Dewberry with 19 points, including an 8-of-8 mark at the three-throw line. Trail Pierce recorded his second straight game in double digits with 10 points.
  • Tyreece Brice dished out four assists with two steals to aid the Lions' cause, and had six points with three rebounds.
  • Saint Leo outrebounded an opponent for the first time this season, 33 to 27, but the Lions also committed a season-high 18 turnovers against an aggressive Tuskegee defense. Saint Leo's five three-point field goals against was also a season low.
  • The Green and Gold shot 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from the field in the second half, after a first half in which both teams shot in the low-30s in the midst of a defensive struggle. The Lions finished the game with a 46.0 percent (23-of-50) mark from the floor.
  • The Lions' current three-game winning streak is their longest since winning five-in-a-row in late-December and early-January last season.

For the Golden Tigers

  • Tuskegee had three players with double-digit scoring totals, led by Camden Foster with 17 points including a 3-of-4 mark from beyond the arc. James Eads and Elijah McMillian contributed 12 and 10 points respectively.
  • Kevin May dished out five assists for the Golden Tigers.

Up next
Saint Leo plays game four of the five-game home stand on Sunday afternoon, when it hosts Clayton State University out of the Peach Belt Conference at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowman Center.

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