Men’s hoops comeback effort versus Lynn falls short

Men’s hoops comeback effort versus Lynn falls short

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Saint Leo junior Marcus Dewberry scored a career high 33 points and fueled a second half rally that fell short in the Lions' 97-91 Sunshine State Conference men's basketball loss to Lynn University, Saturday afternoon at the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center.

Saint Leo (6-3, 2-2 SSC) managed to get within three of Lynn (4-3, 1-3 SSC) twice with under 2:00 minutes remaining, but were unable to find the game-tying basket. The Fighting Knights, who have struggled all season at the free-throw line and shot just 60.6 percent at the stripe overall versus the Lions, went 3-of-4 at the line down the stretch to preserve the win.

Dewberry's 33 points versus Lynn marked his first 30-point game for the Green and Gold, and put the junior guard from Lake Wales, Fla., over the 500-point mark for his career. He was 11-of-18 from the field and 9-of-11 at the free-throw line. Dewberry also charted a team-best seven rebounds and six assists for the Lions.

Sophomore Caleb Stewart tallied 14 points with five boards, while sophomore Tyreece Brice netted 11 points.

The Basics: 
Final Score: Lynn 97, Saint Leo 91
Location: de Hoernle Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 6-3, 2-2 SSC | Lynn 4-3, 1-3 SSC

How It Happened 

1H | Saint Leo held Lynn to within two possessions throughout much of the first half, but the Knights got some separation with an 8-1 run midway through the frame. That resulted in a 33-21 Lynn lead with 8:30 left in the half. The Lions pulled to within six later in the half when Dewberry and Pickett each hit free throws and Dewberry converted a conventional three-point play, cutting the margin to 39-33 for the Knights with 3:37 showing on the clock. Lynn responded with back-to-back buckets by Denzel Richardson, and a follow-up jumper by Fred Landers left the Knights up by 12, 45-33. Saint Leo was able to keep pace with Lynn for the waning minutes, but was not able to overtake the Knights before the end of the half. |Lynn 48-37 |

2H | The Lions looked like they may have another second half comeback in store, cutting the Fighting Knights' lead to two points, 52-50, before the 17:00 mark. A seven-point run closed the gap for Saint Leo, with Dewberry netting five points on a dunk and a three-pointer while Belling made a jumper to start the surge. Lynn eventually extended its lead to nine points just before the midway point in the frame on Landers' plus-one layup, and the Knights' advantage was still at 10 points, 88-78, with 4:24 remaining. That's where Saint Leo's final comeback effort began, with a pair of foul shots by Pickett and a jumper from Watt, to cut the deficit to six. A Pickett jumper with 2:15 showing brought the Lions to within four, 92-88. Pickett then hit the first of two free throws with 1:58 to play to get Saint Leo to within three of Lynn, but missed the second and that was as close as the Lions would get. The Green and Gold were 1-of-4 from the field the rest of the way, while the Knights went 3-of-4 at the line and added a Russell Wilson jumper to clinch the win. 

Points to Note

  • The charity stripe proved to be most uncharitable for Saint Leo against Lynn; the Lions shot .645 (20-of-31) at the free-throw line versus the Knights, their worst performance at the line this season. Saint Leo's 31 free-throw attempts at Lynn is tied for second-most to date in 2015-16.
  • Marcus Dewberry's string of 14 straight free throws ended at the 5:00-mark of the first half, when he missed his first attempt at the line of the night on the first of two foul shots. That run dated back to the Tuskegee game on November 27; Dewberry did not get a single trip to the foul line against Clayton State or Florida Southern.
  • A total of 51 fouls were called between the two teams, including 25 called on Saint Leo – matching their season high.

For the Fighting Knights

  • Four Knights finished in double digits, led by Landers with 32 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor and a 12-of-13 mark at the line. Richardson added 20 points for the Knights, while David Johnson tallied 12 points. Wilson turned the double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Lynn had a 41 to 31 advantage in rebounding, including 16 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second-chance points.

Up next
Saint Leo has the week off for Fall semester final exams, before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 12, when it hosts Barry University at 4:00 p.m. at the Bowman Center.

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