Lions’ three-point game leads to win over PBA, 92-87

Lions’ three-point game leads to win over PBA, 92-87

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball knocked down 17 three-pointers while shooting 53.1 percent from beyond the arc on its way to a 92-87 win over Palm Beach Atlantic, Saturday evening at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The 17 treys was the most since November 26, 2013, when the Lions buried 18 three-pointers in an 87-61 win over Elizabeth City State University.

Junior Marcus Dewberry led the three-point barrage with a 6-of-10 mark from long range on his way to a game-high 27 points. He also dished out a game-high seven assists, grabbed six rebounds, and was credited with three steals.

Dewberry was one of four Saint Leo players to crack double figures. Freshman Carter Belling also knocked down six three-pointers and finished with 18 points. Sophomores Caleb Stewart and Tyreece Brice came off the bench to add 15 and 13 points respectively.

The Basics
Final Score: Saint Leo 92 | Palm Beach Atlantic 87
Location: Bowman Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 8-6 | Palm Beach Atlantic 6-6

How It Happened 
1H | Palm Beach Atlantic jumped out to an 8-0 lead right from the opening tip, with four points each from Shavanno Cooper and Lucas Morales. The Lions rallied to take the lead, 12-11, with 13:36 to play, following a Caleb Stewart three-pointer. The two teams traded the lead five times until Saint Leo pulled ahead, 29-27, on a Tyreece Brice trey, starting the Lions on an 11-3 run that ended with a 37-30 lead for the Green and Gold. Seven straight points by the Sailfish knotted the game at 37-37 with 3:15 to play, but the lead would go back-and-forth five times over the next two minutes. Marcus Dewberry knocked down a three-pointer followed by a Trail Pierce layup, giving the Lions a 47-43 lead with under a minute remaining. Each team added a bucket in the waning seconds of the half, giving the Lions a four-point lead at the break. | SLU 49-45 |

2H | Neither Saint Leo nor Palm Beach Atlantic were able to create much separation from the other over a back-and-forth contest for the first 17 minutes of the half. The two teams were tied 10 times and traded the lead 10 times, until the Lions finally gained the upper hand with Dewberry's layup with 2:31 remaining. Dewberry added a three-pointer on Saint Leo's next trip up the floor, and Tyreece Brice converted a pair of free throws on the next possession. The seven-point swing in just over a minute gave Saint Leo an 89-82 advantage with 1:23 on the clock. PBA missed a pair of foul shots and two field goal attempts over the next 35 seconds, before Bakari Warthen finally ended the Sailfish scoring drought to pull Palm Beach Atlantic to within five. Michael Simpson tacked on a three-pointer for the Sailfish down the stretch, but Stewart went 3-of-4 at the free-throw line to help the Lions preserve the win. | SLU 92-87 |

Points to Note

  • Marcus Dewberry's 27-point night was his fifth 20-point game this season, and put him over the 600-point mark for his career. The junior from Lake Wales, Fla., now has 614 career points.
  • Carter Belling's 18 points on Saturday versus Palm Beach Atlantic was two points off his season-high. His six three-pointers was, however, a new season-best for the freshman guard.
  • In addition to 15 points, Caleb Stewart also hauled down six rebounds in the PBA game. Tyreece Brice finished the night with 13 points, five rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 30 minutes of play. Ryan Burnett also dished out five assists to go with his five rebounds and two points.
  • The Lions' 25 assists versus the Sailfish was a season high.

For the Sailfish

  • Palm Beach Atlantic had five players in double figures, led by Bakari Warthen with 20 points.  Shavanno Cooper and Milos Kostic had 13 and 10 points respectively among the starters, while Malek Barber and Michael Simpson charted 14 and 12 points off the bench.
  • Cooper was just shy of the double-double with a high nine rebounds. Barber finished with eight boards as the Sailfish outrebounded the Lions, 48 to 32.
  • The Sailfish were forced into making 21 turnovers, which resulted in 25 points for the Lions.

Up Next
Saint Leo returns to Sunshine State Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 6, when the Lions travel to Melbourne, Fla., to face Florida Tech. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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