Lions upended by hot-shooting Clayton State

Lions upended by hot-shooting Clayton State

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball was held to 29.2 percent shooting from the field and dropped a 76-63 decision to visiting Clayton State, Sunday afternoon at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The Lions (5-2) were 19-of-65 from the floor, 6-of-29 from beyond the arc, against a Laker (3-0) squad that coolly fired at a 41.2 percent (14-of-34) clip in the first half and finished the game at 46.9 percent (30-of-64).

The Basics: 
Final Score: Clayton State 76, Saint Leo 63
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 5-2 | Clayton State 3-0

How It Happened 

1H | Saint Leo held a slim lead over Clayton State through much of the first 10 minutes of the opening half, leading the Lakers by as many as five, 15-10, following Johnathan Childs' conventional three-point play with 12:42 on the clock. The Lakers' 7-0 run to answer Childs gave Clayton State a 17-15 lead, and the Lions were still in front, 22-21, as late as the 7:31 mark following a pair of Lawrence Watt free throws. Clayton State finished the frame with a 13-4 run to take a 34-26 lead into the locker room at the break, with Takija Knight accounting for seven Laker points. Saint Leo went 1-of-11 from the floor after the two Watt foul shots, while Clayton State was 5-of-13 during that same span.  | Clayton State 34, Saint Leo 26 |

2H | Clayton State opened the second half with a layup by Knight and a three-pointer by Nathan Powell, taking an early double-digit lead that Saint Leo would not be able to overcome. A Caleb Stewart three-pointer with 16:36 showing on the game clock allowed the Lions to knock the margin down to 10 points, 43-33, but the Lakers responded with a 14-2 run lasting four minutes to extend their lead to 22 points. Pickett broke Clayton State's scoring run with a three-pointer at the 12:02 mark and another trey exactly two minutes later, briefly pulling Saint Leo to within 15. The Lions would not get the margin inside of 15 points until the game's waning minutes when a Carter Belling jumper and a pair of Watt free throws left a final margin of 13 points.  | Clayton State 76, Saint Leo 63 |

Points to Note

  • Caleb Stewart finished with 10 points, and was the only Saint Leo player to crack double-digits. He also had three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks.
  • Both Trail Pierce and Lawrence Watt charted eight points. Tyreece Brice logged six points to go with a team-high seven rebounds.
  • The Lions went 19-of-21 at the free-throw line, led by Watt's 6-of-6 effort at the charity stripe. Stewart and Johnathan Childs went 4-of-4 and 3-of-3 at the line respectively.

For the Lakers

  • Three Lakers finished in double figures, led by Takija Knight with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Saiquan Terry added 17 points, largely on his 4-of-6 effort from three-point range, while Nathan Powell tallied 13 points and dished out four assists.
  • Clayton State held a 44 to 39 advantage on the boards, but the Lions were able to outwork the Lakers on the offensive glass, 18 to 15.

Up next
Saint Leo concludes its five-game home stand and returns to Sunshine State Conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when it hosts defending national champion Florida Southern at 7:30 p.m. at the Bowman Center.

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