SAINT LEO, Fla. – A wild finish to the final buzzer inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center on Tuesday, Nov. 22 as the Saint Leo men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaker on a final heave 37-feet away from the hoop with 1.5-seconds on the clock by Armstrong State, as the Pirates walked out of Saint Leo with an 81-78 win.
This is the first loss at home for the Lions since Dec. 12, 2015, when they fell to Barry 87-85. Saint Leo saw Marcus Dewberry lead the team with a team-high 24 points, 21 in the first half alone. Dewberry finished the night with 9-of-13 shooting and 4-of-6 from the three-point arc while adding two from the charity stripe.
Three other Lions scored in double-figures as Davon Payne and Necdet Gurkan each scored 15 points and Tyreece Brice adding 13 off the bench. Saint Leo saw themselves in foul trouble for a most of the night but yielded to get anyone fouled out of the game, other than forcing Armstrong State's Montrel Goldston out of the game late in the second half. Gurkan, the Lions' late bloomer in the score column, scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to pace the Lions in the half.
"We failed to pay attention to detail yet again and got in foul trouble early. We just need to make smart decision on the court night in and night out, and we didn't do that tonight," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated. "We will take the next few days to prepare for our next game on Saturday."
For the Pirates, Goldston led the way with game-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field with 6-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc. 17 of Goldston's 28 came in the second half.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 78 | Armstrong State 81 Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 1-4, 0-1 SSC | Armstrong State 2-2
How It Happened…
1H | The first half between the Lions and Pirates would see six ties in the score with five lead changes in the opening half. Saint Leo and Armstrong State would hold tight in the first half after Armstrong State opened up the game with the first points before the Lions went on an 11-2 run to the first media timeout with 15:13 to play in the first half. Saint Leo would cling onto a slight lead at each media break up just one point, 17-16, at the 10:50 mark. Armstrong State opened up to their largest lead of the half of four points at the 8:41 mark, 25-21 before a Marcus Dewberry three pointer bringing it to 25-24 heading to the third media timeout with 7:55 to play. Coming out of the media, Davon Payne sank two free throws to put the Lions back in front, 26-25. The game would get tied twice over the next two minutes before Saint Leo opened up to a six point lead, three times in the half. The Lions led 36-30 at the 2:28 mark, 38:32 at the 1:57 mark and against 40-34 at the 1:30 mark. Armstrong State closed the game on a 5-0 run to head into the break with Saint Leo up by one. Dewberry led all scorers in the first half with 21 points on 8-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Justin Satchell, Davon Payne and Tyreece Brice all recorded five points in the first half. Leading the Pirates for the half were Montrel Goldston and Denzel Council with 11 and 10 points, respectively. | Saint Leo 40-39 |
2H | The second half saw eight ties and 13 lead changes starting off with the Pirates coming out of the break looking for fool's gold in the bottom of the hoop. Armstrong State opened up the second half on a 5-0 run to take the lead 45-40. Saint Leo would turn around and rip off a 6-0 run to regain the lead by one, 46-45, before the Pirates answered with their own 6-0 run, leading 51-46 with 15:48 to play. Saint Leo would outscore Armstrong State 9-2 to regain the lead 55-53 before the game would flip flop on who led for the next five minutes before the Pirates found themselves ahead by three, 62-59, with 8:20 to play. The Lions would regain the lead late, 75-74, with 2:31 on the clock. Armstrong State went ahead by one, 76-75 with 2:09 to play, where both teams would fail to score for roughly the next minute. Davon Payne hit one of two free throws, his first miss this season, with 1:25 on the clock to tie the game at 76. A quick jumper by Armstrong State's Jeffers with 0.14 on the clock put the Pirates ahead 78-76, but not before Payne raced down the court to tie it 78-78 with 0.4-seconds left. An unreal three-pointer by Jeffers, just over the half court line, would push the Pirates to three point victory. Saint Leo saw Necdet Gurkan lead the way in the second half in scoring with 13 points followed by Davon Payne's 10 points. Tyreece Brice chipped in eight points in the half where Gurkan secured four boards. | Armstrong State 81-78 |
Points to Note
Saint Leo falls to 1-4 on the year after the 81-78 loss to Armstrong State.
The Lions' home win streak was snapped after almost an entire calendar year passed (last loss at home Dec. 12, 2015).
Even with a quiet second half, Marcus Dewberry led the team with 24 points. Dewberry shot 9-13 from the field, 4-6 from three-point territory and 2-3 from the free throw line.
Davon Payne and Necdet Gurkan tied for second-most points on the team with 15 apiece. Payne went 5-8 from the field, 2-4 from three's and 3-4 from the line, where Gurkan was 7-15 from the field and 1-4 from downtown.
Saint Leo outscored the Pirates 36-25 in the paint, and 12-5 in second chance points. The Lions won the rebounding crown for the night as they hauled in 38 rebounds compared to 28.
Leading the charge for the Lions in rebounding was Justin Satchell who finished the night with seven points and seven boards. Second in line was Gurkan who had six boards.
As a team, the Lions shot 45.5-percent on the night from the field (30-66) and from the three-point line (10-22), where they shot 80-percent (8-10) from the free throw line.
For the Pirates
Armstrong State moves to 2-2 on the year after the 81-78 win in Saint Leo.
The Pirates were led by Montrel Goldston who finished with game-high 28 points.
Three other players finished in double-figures as Corey Tillery recorded 15 points and KJ James and Denzel Council standing at 11 apiece.
Leading the way for the Pirates in rebounding was Council and James as they tied with six boards apiece.
As a team, Armstrong State shot 47.1-percent for the night (24-51), 43.5-precent from for three's (10-23) and 85.2-percent from the charity stripe (23-27). The Pirates outscored the Lions 34-30 in bench points after Goldston exploded for 28.
Saint Leo will welcome Molloy into the Bowman Center on Nov. 26 for a 2 p.m. tip.
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