Lions Earn No. 8 Seed in NCAA Regional

Lions Earn No. 8 Seed in NCAA Regional

SAINT LEO, Fla. – After their Sunshine State Conference run came to an end on Saturday, the Lions post-season continues. Saint Leo earned the No. 8 seed in the 2016 NCAA South Regional and will take on host No. 1 seed Alabama-Huntsville. The Lions will travel to Huntsville, Alabama to play the Chargers on Saturday, March 12th. 

This is the fourth time in five years the Lions have advanced to postseason play past the Sunshine State Conference tournament, the first since the 2013-14 season. 

This will be the second matchup between Saint Leo and Alabama-Huntsville. In their matchup earlier this season, Saint Leo was victorious 93-90 in overtime.

In the Lions' victory over the Chargers, Saint Leo saw two point performances from Caleb Stewart and Marcus Dewberry. Stewart scored 29 points while Dewberry had 26. Tyreece Brice had 14 points as Lawrence Watt had 10 points off the bench. Alabama-Huntsville had five players in double-figures led by Seab Webster who had 16 points.

Saint Leo finished the season with a 19-11 record and a 10-6 mark in the SSC and will look to improve on that heading to Alabama. The Lions are led by Marcus Dewberry who averages 20 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Also helping Saint Leo in scoring is Caleb Stewart who is second on the team with 15.1 points per game, just beating out Tyreece Brice who averages 15 points per game. Stewart leads the team in rebounding grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game.

Alabama-Huntsville finished the year with a 23-7 record and a 18-4 mark in the Gulf South Conference and will host the entire South Region.

The Lions are one of four teams in the tournament as Eckerd was selected as the number two seed where Barry was the third and will face the number six seed Rollins.

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