Lions Fall in SSC Semifinal to #17 Barry 91-72

Lions Fall in SSC Semifinal to #17 Barry 91-72

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saint Leo, the fourth seed in the tournament, fell to the first seed #17 Barry in the Sunshine State Tournament Semifinals at the ICI Center on the campus of Embry-Riddle, 91-72, Saturday, March 5th.

The Lions, 19-11, were led by Marcus Dewberry who notched another double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Caleb Stewart chipped in 14 points, all coming in the second half, while Tyreece Brice added 13 points. Trail Pierce was the Lions' spark off the bench as he scored 12 points. Saint Leo shot 14-of-15 (93.3-percent) from the charity stripe led by Stewart and Pierce. Both Stewart and Pierce went 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Barry was led by Yunio Barreueta who recorded a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Four other Buccaneers scored in double-figures as Adrian Gonzalez had 16 off the bench, Anders Haas had 14, Elvar Fridriksson had 12 and Undra Mitchem had 11. Fridriksson had a double-double as well as he had 10 assists with his 12 points.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 72 | #17 Barry 91
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 19-11 | #17 Barry 23-5

How It Happened…

1H | Saint Leo jumped out in front first after a good starting hustle on the tip ball as Barry tipped it back but two Lions pounced on it to get the first possession. Tyreece Brice went down and hit the first three of the game to put the Lions up 3-0 early. Barry's Anders Haas hit back-to-back threes, followed by a tip-in to put Barry up 8-5 before Saint Leo came back to take the 9-8 lead off a Marcus Dewberry layup and a Brice layup. Saint Leo went into the first media timeout up 11-8. Barry would come out of the timeout and control the rest of the first half going into the break up by 12 points. At the half, Saint Leo was led by Marcus Dewberry with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Tyreece Brice has chipped in with 11 points. Barry's Adrian Gonzalez led the way with 10 points at the half for the Bucs. | Barry 46-34 |

2H | Out of the gate, Saint Leo would get the game to 10 points with 18:53 to play. Barry would maintain their double-digit lead for the game as the Lions would get within 10 points one time in the remainder of the game with 8:27 to play. Caleb Stewart provided the momentum for Saint Leo in the second half as he scored all 14 of his points in the half. Barry pushed the game to their largest lead of the game to 22 points with one minute to play. Dewberry led the Lions in score with 13 second half points for his 26 total. Buccaneers Gonzalez scored 10 points for Barry in the second half as Barry would go on to advance to the championship game on Sunday. | Barry 91-72 |

Points to Note

  • Marcus Dewberry recorded a double-double with 26 points and 12 points. Dewberry shot 11-for-21 from the field and 3-of-9 from three point land.
  • Caleb Stewart scored 14 second half points, with 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Tyreece Brice had 13 points as Trail Pierce had 12 off the bench. Pierce went 4-for-4 from the free throw line as well.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 93.3-percent from the charity stipe going 14-of-15. Saint Leo shot 42.6-precent from the field.

For the Buccaneers

  • Five Buccaneers scored in double-figures led by Yunio Barrueta with 27 points. Barrueta grabbed game-high 13 boards to finish his double-double. Adrian Gonzalez scored 16 points off the bench as Anders Haas finished with 14 points, Elvar Fridriksson had 12 and Undra Mitchem had 11.
  • As a team, Barry shot 50.7-percent from the field outscoring the Lions 58-28 in the paint.
  • Barry won the rebounding game 45-29 while they had 23 second chance points. The Bucs had 30 fast break points.

Next Up
Saint Leo will wait for the DII NCAA Selection show on Sunday, March 5th at 10:30 p.m. to see their future of the season.

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