Griseck's career night not enough as Lions fall to Tars

Griseck's career night not enough as Lions fall to Tars

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team was unable to shake its road woes on Wednesday as it fell 81-72 at the hands of the Rollins Tars.

With just a few games left in his career, senior Trey Griseck played with heart and desire against Rollins. The guard demolished his previous career-high of 16 points, as he dropped 25 points on nine of 12 shooting, including a near perfect second half, where he went six of seven. He also was given the assignment of guarding Jeff Merton in the second half of the game after Merton dropped 17 first half points. Griseck held him to just three points in the second.

The Basics
Final Score: Saint Leo 72, Rollins 81
Location: Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 17-10, 9-6 | Rollins 20-7, 12-4

How It Happened…

1H | The two teams first halves couldn't have been more different. Rollins opened the half, controlling the pace. The Tars were paced by Jeff Merton who was feeling it from deep, hitting five of seven long range shots, adding a lay-up for 17 first half points. His production led the Tars to a 63-percent shooting from the field, and a 61.3-percent mark form deep. The Tars led for 18 minutes of the first half. The Lions were able to chip away at the score, as Rollins led by as much as 16. Saint Leo went on a 7-0 run between the 8 minute media time out and the 4 minute stoppage, but on the half, the Lions shot just 38.2-percent form the field. Both Marcus Dewberry and Trey Griseck paced the Lions with eight points, while Dewberry added eight rebounds as well. The Lions only committed four turnovers in the first half, but the pace was controlled by the visitors. | RC 44-35 |

2H | Through the first eight minutes of the half, the Lions saw only two plays contribute offensively, Griseck and Watt. Watt sank two free throws, while Griseck his three shots from long range. The Lions were able to cut the lead to within eight, but with just Griseck hitting shots, the Tars inflated their lead to 20. Rollins continued to grind through the period, controlling the flow of the game. Dewberry was able to get himself involved in the offense, despite foul trouble. With Dewberry adding the Griseck's hot hand, the Lions were able to bring the game within 11 points with 2:54 left to play. Two free throws from D'Shea Williams cut the lead to nine. Following Rollins free throws, Elijah Blackman hit his first career three to cut the lead to eight. A lone Tars free throw gave the game its final score. | RC 81-72 |

Points to Note

  • A game after his first career triple double, Marcus Dewberry added a 15 point, 10 rebound double-double to his season stat line.
  • Griseck scored 17 second half points on six of seven shooting, and five of six from deep.
  • The Lions hit seven of 13 shots from deep in the second half after going five of 19 in the first half.

For the Tars

  • Rollins finished the game with just seven turnovers committed, while out-rebounding Saint Leo, 39-29.
  • Jeff Merton and Sharif Almulla added 20 apiece for the Tars, while Sam Phillpot and James Farrell added 14 and 10, respectively. 

Next Up
Saint Leo hosts Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 4 PM for the final regular season game. It will Senior Night as the Lions honor guard Trey Griseck.

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