Men’s basketball controls entire game against P.R.-Mayaguez

Men’s basketball controls entire game against P.R.-Mayaguez

SAINT LEO, Fla. – In the first home game of the season, the Saint Leo men's basketball team picked up their first win of the year defeating the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM) 90-63 Saturday night inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center. With the home win, Saint Leo extends their home win streak to 10 games, dating back to the 2015-16 season.

The Lions dropped their last home contest on Dec. 12, 2015, to Barry (87-85) and have since ripped off 10 straight home wins. After starting the 2016-17 home portion of the schedule with a win, the Lions have won their home opener for the past seven years.

"Although we got the win, I was disappointed in our lack of attention to detail again, I was not happy with the turnovers tonight," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated after the first win of the season. "I was not happy with a number of offensive rebounds we gave up."

Tyreece Brice broke out for the first time this season scoring 18 points to lead all scorers on five-of-seven shooting from the field. Brice sank all three three-pointers he took while going five-of-six from the free throw line. Brice picked up four rebounds and five assists on the evening.

"Very nice to see Tyreece have a breakout game, but we still have to get better," Alexander mentioned of Brice's highest point total this season. 

Four other Lions joined Brice in double-figures, as Marcus Dewberry put 17 points, second best in the contest, ahead of Davon Payne who had 13, Justin Satchell who had 11 and Lawrence Watt who finished the night with 10 points.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 90 | Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 63
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 1-3, 0-1 SSC | Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 0-6

How It Happened…

1H | Saint Leo opened up the lead on a 7-0 run that forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout. The Lions would never trail in the entire game and would build out to an 11-1 lead at the first break. Marcus Dewberry and Justin Satchell led the way in those opening minutes, as Dewberry tallied four points and Satchell at five. Saint Leo would hold Puerto Rico-Mayaguez to just 16 points heading into the final media timeout of the half as the Lions were out to a 38-16 advantage. The Lions would head into the break with a 26 point cushion. Tyreece Brice would score 11 points in the half on three-for-three shooting from downtown. Satchell chipped in with nine points, while Dewberry had eight in the opening period. | Saint Leo 44-18 |

2H | Trading buckets for the first few minutes of the second period would soon change after the Lions would climb to a 26 point lead six minutes into the game, followed by a 31 point lead with 8:16 to play on an Antoine Tobias layup. Nine of the 14 Lions that played in the second half contributed to the scoring for Saint Leo as the Lions would charge out to their largest lead of the night, 35 points, with 1:40 to play. A feisty group of Bulldogs would cut that to 27 with seven ticks left on the clock. A Nathaniel Roman three cut the deficit to 32 points followed by two free throws from Alexander Curet and a three from Francisco Lopez. URPM wouldn't go down until the final buzzer sounded stealing the ball with 10 seconds left, and laying the ball in for the final points of the game. Lawrence Watt led the Lions in scoring in the second half with 10 points where the Bulldogs were led by Ramon Calderon's 11 points. | Saint Leo 90-63 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo improves to 1-3, 0-1 SSC after the 90-63 win over P.R.-Mayaguez.
  • With the win in the home opener, the Lions improve their home win streak to 10 games and push their win streak in home openers to seven consecutive.
  • Tyreece Brice led all scorers with 18 points. Brice went 5-for-7 from the field with 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
  • Four other Lions were in double-figures with Brice led by Marcus Dewberry who had a quiet 17 points. Davon Payne tallied 13 points, right ahead of Justin Satchell and Lawrence Watt who had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 50.8-percent on the night (30-59) with 48.6 in the first half (17-35) and 54.2 in the second half (13-24).
  • Saint Leo shot 45.5-percent from three-point territory behind Brice's perfect night. The Lions sank four three-pointers in the first half and made just one of two taken in the second half. Saint Leo went 80.6-percent from the charity stripe as the Bulldogs were in foul trouble, causing the Lions to head to the line. Payne and Dewberry led the way as both players went 100-percent from the line; Payne 7-for-7, Dewberry 6-for-6.   

For the Bulldogs

  • Puerto Rico-Mayaguez fell to 0-6 on the year after the setback.
  • The Bulldogs were led by Nathaniel Roman who had 14 points followed by Alexander Curet and Ramon Calderon who both had 11 points.
  • UPRM shot 34.5-percent from the field on the night (20-58) and 27.8-percent from the beyond the three-point arc (5-18).   

Next Up
The Saint Leo University men's basketball team will look to extend their home win streak and get closer to .500 when they welcome Armstrong State to the Marion Bowman Activities Center on Nov. 22 for a 7:00 p.m. tip.

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