Six Lions score in double-figures in win over Embry-Riddle

Six Lions score in double-figures in win over Embry-Riddle

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team delivered a solid team performance in a 99-92 win over future Sunshine State Conference member, Embry-Riddle on Wednesday evening. In the first game back since school started, the stands were filled with Saint Leo pride, and the team definitely provided a show.

While Embry-Riddle came into the game with six players averaging double-figures, it was the Lions who actually completed that feat, as Saint Leo saw six different players score 10-plus points, while junior guard Marcus Dewberry lead the way with 33 points.

The Basics
Final Score: Saint Leo 99 | Embry-Riddle 92
Location: Bowman Center, Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 11-6 | Embry-Riddle 10-4

How It Happened 
1H | Embry-Riddle jumped out to an early lead, controlling the first half for over half the 20 minutes. The Eagles out-rebounded the Lions, 23-19, and got 11 second chance points off those rebounds. The Eagles forced the Lions into nine first half turnovers, while scoring eight points off turnovers. With the Lions trailing until the 6:50 mark, Dewberry put the team on his back, scoring 14 straight points for Saint Leo, giving the home squad a six-point lead, finishing the half with 19. The Lions also got 10 points from Trey Grisek in a timely fashion. The Lions took the lead into the halftime. | Saint Leo 47-45 |

2H | While the Lions may have taken a bit to get going in the first half, the second half did not mirror it. Saint Leo jumped out to an aggressive attacking mind set in the second half, seeing Trail Pierce score the first seven points for the Lions, including his first three-point field goal of the season. Following Pierce's hot streak, Tyreece Brice came off the bench to provide a streak of his own, connecting on the next five points, including an old fashioned three-point play. When Saint Leo took the lead late in the first half, they never gave it, leading the entirety of the second half. Shooting 58.3-pecent from long range will aid in that sense, as the Lions hit seven of 12 three pointers, including three of three from Caleb Stewart. While Saint Leo committed nine first half turnovers, they cleaned up their act and only committed three in the second, while dishing out eight assists. Brice finished with 15 points, all coming in the second half. | Saint Leo 99-92 |

Points to Note

  • Marcus Dewberry recorded his third 30-plus point game of the season, dropping 33 points, adding six assists and six rebounds. Since coming back from Christmas break, the junior guard is averaging 27 points a game, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and is shooting 58.2-percent from the field, and 51.4-percent from deep.
  • Joining Dewberry in double figures on the evening were Stewart, Brice, Pierce, Grisek, and Austin Picket. Stewart and Brice added 15, while Pierce, Grisek, and Pickett added 10. Stewart grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals.
  • As a team, the Lions dished out 16 assists, and got 28 points off the bench.

For the Eagles  

  • The Eagles saw four different players score in the double figures, which is low for the high-powered offense that see six different players average 10 or more on the season. Ognjen Miljkovic scored 26 points for the Eagles, connected on a perfect seven for seven down the stretch from the charity stripe. Reed Ridder added 24 points, while Dalton Barnes added 18 points, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, and dishing out five assists. Joseph Gonzalez came off the bench for 13 points. 
  • As a team, the Eagles only committed eight turnovers during the game. They also out-scored the Lions in the paint, 52-38. 

Up Next
Saint Leo takes on conference rival Tampa  on the road at 4 PM on Saturday, Jan. 16.

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