Saint Leo upended by hometown foe Missouri-St. Louis

Saint Leo upended by hometown foe Missouri-St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The University of Missouri-St. Louis got to the foul line more often and made better use of those attempts, providing the difference in a 73-71 win over Saint Leo University, in Sunday afternoon's second round of the Maryville (Mo.) University Classic at the Simon Athletic Center.

UMSL went 21-of-25 at the stripe on Saint Leo's 19 fouls. The Lions had only one more foul than the Tritons, but Saint Leo received only 18 trips to the stripe and made just 13 of those for a .722 free-throw percentage.

The game was otherwise an even matchup between two young teams. Saint Leo outshot (.455 to .449) and outrebounded (31 to 29) UMSL, with each squad recording eight three-point field goals and 17 turnovers.

Sophomore Tyreece Brice paced the Lions with 21 points, the second 20-point game of his career. Sophomore Caleb Stewart came off the bench to add 13 points, while junior Marcus Dewberry tallied 12. Sophomore Trail Pierce grabbed a game-high eight boards.

The Basics
Final Score: Missouri-St. Louis 73, Saint Leo 71
Location: Simon Athletic Center | St. Louis, Mo.
Records: Saint Leo 7-6 | Missouri-St. Louis 6-5

1H | After a see-saw opening ten minutes, UMSL began to pull away from the Lions with a 10-0 run lasting nearly three minutes. Brandon Marquardt knocked down a pair of threes during the Tritons' run, while DeAndre Holmes added another – part of UMSL's 7-of-12 effort from beyond the arc in the opening half. A Caleb Stewart trey snapped the Tritons' run, and Saint Leo began clawing its way back into the contest. The Lions got to within three of the Tritons, 37-34, with 1:45 remaining in the frame on Lawrence Watt's layup off an assist from Tyreece Brice. UMSL created a little bit of separation versus the Lions on yet another Marquardt three, but Stewart finished the half with a conventional three-point play to cut the margin to five at the intermission. | UMSL 42-37 |

2H | Saint Leo erased UMSL's lead as the second half approached its midway point, with the Lions uncorking a 7-0 to tie the game at 53-53 with 9:30 remaining. Watt keyed the run with a conventional three-point play, off a foul by the Tritons' Drew Skaggs. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth and were still tied, 64-64, with 3:14 showing. UMSL rattled off seven uninterrupted points to take a 71-64 lead with 57 seconds left to play, but Saint Leo managed to reel the Tritons back in. A pair of Brice foul shots and a Watt layup cut the margin to three, 71-68, but UMSL's Joshua Webster iced the win with a pair of free throws with a few seconds remaining. Brice knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer, but it was not enough to erase the Tritons' lead.| UMSL 73-71 |.

Points to Note

Trey Griseck posted his second double-digit scoring effort in four games since returning from injury, charting 10 points versus the Tritons.

Lawrence Watt also finished with 10 points, his first time in double figures since his 16-point, 11-rebound double-double against Barry back on December 12.

The Lions recorded only nine assists in Sunday's loss against UMSL, matching a season-low previously set against Eckerd College – also nicknamed the "Tritons". Dewberry dished out a team-high three assists versus UMSL.

For the Tritons 

Missouri-St. Louis had three players break double figures. Brandon Marquardt finished with 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from long range and a perfect 6-of-6 ledger at the free-throw line.

Joseph English added 14 points, while Alex Majewski chipped in 11 points. Joshua Webster was credited with six assists.

Up Next
Saint Leo enters its seven-day break following today's game, and will return to campus for practice on December 29. The Lions return to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 2, when the Lions host Palm Beach Atlantic in a Division II South Region contest at the Bowman Center. The women's game will tip off at 2:00 p.m., followed by the men's game at 4:00 p.m.

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