Brice's big night leads Lions

Brice's big night leads Lions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A career-night from sophomore Tyreece Brice helped lead the Saint Leo men's basketball team to an 80-61 win on the road over Nova Southeastern on Saturday evening.

Brice came off the bench to finish the game with a career-best 26 points, adding another career-best and a team-high nine rebounds, falling just shy of a double-double. He hit a career-high 10 shots, on 71.4-percent from the field.

Along with Brice's 26 points, the rest of Saint Leo's bench combined for a total of 50 points.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 80| Nova Southeastern 61
Location: NSU Arena | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 12-7, 5-4 | Nova Southeastern 7-10, 3-5

How It Happened…

1H | The Lions started slow, but used an impressive bench performance to help get them started. Saint Leo saw 27 points come from their bench, led by Brice, who tallied a half-high 11 points. The Lions then used three point shooting to create a gap. Austin Pickett, who also came off the bench, when three for five from deep, and as a team, the Lions hit nine of 19 from long range. Saint Leo maintained the lead for 17 minutes, and held the Sharks to just 32-percent shooting. | Saint Leo 41-26 |

2H | In the second half, the Lions shot an impressive 48.3-percent from the field, hitting 14 of 29 shots attempted. However, the Lions did not hit their first shot in the second half until the 17:22 minute mark. But as a team, the Lions connected on six threes, giving those 15 for the game. The Lions never relinquished the lead, and saw 23 points come off their bench. | Saint Leo 80-61 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo hit 15 of 30 three's in the game, marking the 12th time this season that they have hit 10-plus in a single game. 
  • Pete Okonkwo registered a career-high in minutes (16), points (4), and rebounds (4).
  • Jonathan Childs scored a season-high eight points.
  • Marcus Dewberry added 11 points, seven assists, and six rebounds for a solid all-around performance.

For the Sharks

  • Nova Southeastern was led by Harrison Goodrick with the game's only double-double as he scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Troy Spears added 10.
  • The Sharks attempted 31 free throws, hitting 18. They also out-rebounded the Lions, 41-38.

Next Up
The Lions return home to host Eckerd on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 PM. It will be Florida Hospital Appreciation Night.  

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