SAINT LEO, Fla. – Marcus Dewberry, who took a last second three-point attempt, was fouled as the horn sounded, where he would then sink the two free throws with 0.0 on the clock lifting Saint Leo past Molloy 88-87 on Saturday, Nov. 26 inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
The Lions pick up their second win of the season and move to 2-4 on the year. Justin Satchell led Saint Leo with 25 points on the night with 10-of-18 from the field with 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc. Satchell added six rebounds to his stat line for the day as well. Darius Huggins put up his best stat line of the year with 12 points and eight boards with two blocks and one steal after getting the start. Marcus Dewberry's final two free throws pushed him to 12 points in the victory with seven assists and five rebounds. Tyreece Brice chipped in with 10 points for the Lions where Malik Fuller added eight.
"It was nice to be on the other end of the outcome here late in the game," Head Coach Vince Alexander said after the Lions walked away with an 88-87 victory over Molloy. "To be able to be in that situation again is not where we want to be but we are fortunate enough to come out on top. We will continue to grow and work on the little things moving forward."
For the Lions of Molloy College, Charlie Marquardt led the way with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 4-of-10 three-pointers while adding three free throws. Mike Guzzardi recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Mike Torre scored 14 points, Jaylen Morris added 11 and Nick Corbett had 10.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 88 | Molloy 87 Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 2-4, 0-1 SSC | Molloy 1-4
How It Happened…
1H | Over the course of the first 20 minutes of the game, the contest between Saint Leo and Molloy would see two ties and two lead changes. Darius Huggins started the day off for the Lions scoring a jumper to put Saint Leo up 2-0 early on. Charlie Marquardt's layup would put Molloy in front by 3, their largest lead of the half, with 17:35 to play. Saint Leo would force two quick ties at 6-6 with 16:47 to play and 9-9 at 16:02 to play before taking the lead for the remainder of the half. The Lions would jump to their largest lead of nine points with 10:30 to play on a Davon Payne three and Gary Hector layup, pushing Saint Leo up 26-17. Two dunks and a three-pointer from Molloy cut the Saint Leo lead to two points with 8:18 on the clock but Molloy failed to tame the Lions as Saint Leo surged out to a six-point lead, 31-25. Molloy would get within one point with 4:15 to play, 31-30 in favor of Saint Leo, but failed once again to hold the Lions close as Saint Leo went up by six, 40-34, with four seconds left, where Saint Leo went into the break ahead. In the opening half, the Lions were led by Justin Satchell who had 11 points with three three-pointers. The Lions outscored Molloy 15-4 in bench points behind Tyreece Brice's six points in the first half. Mike Guzzardi and Charlie Marquardt led Molloy at the half with 13 and 10 points, respectively. | Saint Leo 40-34 |
2H | Saint Leo came out of the break and opened up the last period with an 11-3 run to extend their lead to 14 points, 51-37, with 17:41 remaining in the half, which saw seven ties and four lead changes. Molloy would chip away at the Lions lead bringing the game to just a four-point game, 57-53, with 13:46 to play before Saint Leo could get back out to 10 point leads with 11:16, 64-54, and 10:51, 66-56. Molloy would outscore Saint Leo 14-4 over the next four minutes to tie the game at 70's. Over the last six minutes of action, the game would be tied six times before the final buzzer. Tyreece Brice put the Lions ahead 72-70 but not before Molloy came back and regained the lead 74-72 on two free throws by Guzzardi. Saint Leo's Malik Fuller, who came off the bench and provided the spark in the second half, would be the one to help the Lions hold tight with Molloy. Fuller's two free throws brought the game tied at 74's and again at 78's with 2:53 to play before a Fuller jumper in the paint with 2:17 to play tied it at 80-80. Necdet Gurkan drove to the hole pushing Saint Leo up 82-80 with 1:27 on the clock. The Lions would go up by four points on two instances late when Fuller hit two free throws with 59-seconds left, 84-80, and Gurkan's two free throws with 40-seconds left, 86-82. After trailing by two points with 23-seconds on the clock, Molloy's Mike Torre would hit a three-pointer with 7-ticks left where Saint Leo would drive to the other end of the court and get a quick timeout in with 2.2-seconds left. The Lions drew up an inbounds play that saw Marcus Dewberry curl around and get the pass on the wing and threw it up, missing but getting the foul called on Nick Corbett. Dewberry headed to the line with 0.0 showing on the scoreboard and sank two free throws to lift Saint Leo to the victory. In the second half, Satchell scored 14 points to lead the Lions just ahead of Dewberry's 10 points. Malik Fuller scored all eight of his points in a two-minute window to help Saint Leo stay close to Molloy late in the game. Charlie Marquardt and Mike Torre led Molloy with 17 and 14 points, respectively, where big man Mike Guzzardi posted eight points and eight rebounds in the second half along. | Saint Leo 88-87 |
Points to Note
With the win, Saint Leo improves to 2-4 on the year after the 88-87 victory over Molloy.
The Lions were led by Justin Satchell on the night with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Satchell finished the night off going 4-of-6 from three-point territory and 1-of-2 from the three-point line. Satchell added six rebounds, two assists and two steals to his stat line.
Huggins nearly missed his double-double as he finished the night with eight rebounds.
Dewberry added five rebounds, seven assists, and one steal to his name by the end of the game. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.
Eleven of the 13 players to play in the game against Molloy scored points on the night for Saint Leo.
As a team, the Lions shot 47.7-precent (31-65) from the field and 34.8-percent (8-23) from three-point land. The Lions shot 78.3-percent from the charity stripe after nailing 18 of their 23 attempts.
Saint Leo outrebounded Molloy 45-36 in the victory where the Lions bench outscored Molloy 27-18.
For the Lions of Molloy College
Molloy falls to 1-4 on the year after the 88-87 setback.
The Lions were led by Charlie Marquardt who scored 27 points on the night on 10-18 shooting from the field. He would make four three points in 10 attempts with three free throws.
Four other Lions scored in double-digits as Mike Guzzardi scored 21, Mike Torre had 14, Jaylen Morris with 11 and Nick Corbett with 10.
Guzzardi finished the game with a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
As a team, the Lions of Molloy College shot 42.6-percent (29-68) from the field with a 31.6-percent (6-19) from downtown. Molloy finished with a 67.6-percent (23-34) from the charity stripe.
Molloy outscored Saint Leo 27-12 on the fast break, 26-12 in points off turnovers and 18-15 in second chance points. The Lions of Molloy College outscored Saint Leo 53-48 in the second half, to close the gap by the end of the game.
The Saint Leo men's basketball team will welcome in Sunshine State Conference provisional member Embry-Riddle to the Marion Bowman Activities Center on Wednesday, Nov. 30 for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
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