Men’s basketball sneaks past the Eagles late in second half

Men’s basketball sneaks past the Eagles late in second half

SAINT LEO, Fla. – A late second half momentum shift is what propelled the Saint Leo men's basketball team to cap off their comeback over Sunshine State Conference provisional member, Embry-Riddle 89-82 on Wednesday evening inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center. 

The Lions, 3-4, have now won back-to-back home games after their loss to Armstrong State on Nov. 22, which was their first home loss since December 2015.

On the night, Saint Leo was led by Tyreece Brice who scored 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Brice would nail two three-pointers on the night on four attempts while adding seven assists, six rebound and one steal to his stat line.

"It was nice to be on the other end of this again," Head Coach Vince Alexander mentioned after the victory. "We have lost three ball games in the last two minutes, and have won our last two in the last two minutes. It's certainly nice to be on the other side and playing a tough schedule will only help in the end."

Justin Satchell was second on the team in scoring as he produced his second consecutive 20-plus point ball game, scoring 20 points Wednesday. Satchell was 8-of-15 from the field with a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Satchell again finished the night just shy of a double-double as he added nine rebounds to his line. Two other Lions scored in double-figures Wednesday night in Marcus Dewberry with 17 and Necdet Gurkan with 13.

For the Eagles of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Skyler Hogan scored a team-high 22 points with eight rebounds. Dillion Graham, Luka Majstorovic and Cole Hunter joined him in double-figures. Graham finished the night with 16 points, Majstorovic with 15 and Hunter with 10.  

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 89 | Embry-Riddle 82
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 3-4 | Embry-Riddle 4-3

How It Happened…

1H | In the first half of the game, Embry-Riddle controlled what shaped up to look like a blow-out. Early in the half, the game flip-flopped five times and was tied once before the Eagles went out to control the pace of the game. The Lions were the first to jump on top of the Eagles going up by four points twice in the opening two minutes, 4-0 and 6-2. Embry-Riddle jumped out to a 7-6 lead on a Skyler Hogan layup with 16:46 to play. Necdet Gurkan went to the line but only hit one free throw tying the game at 7-7 with 16:36, the opening half's only tie. Justin Satchell completed the old fashion three-point play with a layup and free throw to pull the Lions ahead once again, 10-9. ERAU would then flip the script and soar out to a nine-point lead with 10:39 to play, 21-12 in favor of the Eagles. Saint Leo would get within three points on two free throws from Tyreece Brice with 9:17 to play, 23-20 Eagles. Embry-Riddle would push their lead to 10 points on a Brian Johnson three-pointer with at the 6:44 mark, 36-26, and again a Skyler Hogan jumper at the 6:23 mark kept the game at 10 points, 38-28. The Lions would try to hold tight with the Eagles but not after ERAU would go out to their largest lead of the half, 13 points, with 3:26 to play on a Cole Hunter tip-in. Davon Payne and Tyreece Brice would take over for the next three minutes to pull the half time score to eight with five points from Payne and four points from Brice which included two free throws to end the half. Tyreece Brice led the Lions in scoring in the first half with 16 points while Necdet Gurkan chipped in with eight. | Embry-Riddle 50-42 |

2H | The Lions came out of the half on fire and closed the gap to one point after seven minutes of action in the half, outscoring the Eagles 18-11 to the 13:05 mark, 61-60 in favor of the Eagles. ERAU would build out to two five-point leads before Saint Leo tied the game at 69-69 on a Tyreece Brice jumper with 8:56 to play. Embry-Riddle would come out of the tie on top and get out to a quick six-point lead with 7:20 to play followed by a Saint Leo three-pointer from Justin Satchell closing the game back to three. Saint Leo went two-for-one, giving up a layup to Skyler Hogan but answering with a Lawrence Watt jumper and a Justin Satchell Dunk from Tyreece Brice, bringing the game to 77-76 ERAU. Once Luka Majstorovic scored a layup to put the Eagles back up three, 79-69, Watt hit another jumper and shifted the momentum into the Green and Gold corner. Embry-Riddle would make zero field goals over the next 3:44 while the Lions climbed into a tie at 79-79 and then took the lead. While the Lions were scoring layups and free throws to chip away at the score and regain the lead, Embry-Riddle would only make one free throw and one jumper before the 1:36 mark, where Saint Leo held an 83-82 lead. With time winding down, senior guard Marcus Dewberry brought the ball down the court, let time run off, and tried to elude his defender. The Eagles' defender stayed with Dewberry and forced him to pass with a few seconds left on the shot clock. Dewberry ran towards Brice, handed it off and watched as Brice made a jumper in front of the Eagles' 6-foot-9 big man in the paint with 28-seconds left in the game, putting Saint Leo up 85-82. A rushed three-pointer by ERAU's Dillion Graham with 8-seconds left allowed for Justin Satchell to track down his ninth rebound and got fouled. Satchell would sink both free throws, pushing Saint Leo up 87-82. As time ran off, Marcus Dewberry added the final points as Saint Leo reached their largest lead of the game, seven points at the final buzzer. Justin Satchell and Marcus Dewberry led the Lions in the half with 13 points apiece, where Lawrence Watt and Tyreece Brice scored eight. | Saint Leo 89-82 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo improves to 3-4 on the year after the 89-82 win over Embry-Riddle.
  • Tyreece Brice led all scorers with 24 points on 7-13 FG, 2-4 3PT FG, 8-10 FT, while adding seven assists and six rebounds to his name.
  • Justin Satchell scored his second consecutive 20-point night with second-most points on the team with 20. Satchell is closing in on a double-double as he finished his second straight game just missing with nine rebounds on Wednesday.
  • Marcus Dewberry had a mild night scoring 17 points from the field while Necdet Gurkan added 13. Three other Lions would close out the scoring column as Lawrence Watt used eight second-half points to be fifth on the team in scoring. Davon Payne chipped in with five points while Darius Huggins notched one bucket.
  • The Lions would finish the night 33-68 from the field while an off night from beyond the arc going 7-17. Saint Leo would miss seven free throws on the night for 69.6-percent, 16-23. The Lions won the rebounding title, outrebounding Embry-Riddle 40-32 on the night. The Lions crashed the defensive board for 24 rebs while snagging 16 offensive boards for seven-second chance points.  

For Embry-Riddle

  • The Eagles fall to 4-3 on the year, with their third straight loss to an SSC member.
  • Embry-Riddle was led by Skyler Hogan who notched 22 points, ahead of Dillion Graham's 16 point effort. Luka Majstorovic added 15 points while Cole Hunter scored 10.
  • Hogan finished the night two rebounds shy of a double-double where Dalton Barnes finished one point and one assist shy of his own double-double, 9 pts 9 asts.
  • As a team, the Eagles shot 32-65 from the field with 10-23 three-pointers. ERAU wasted free points as they made eight of 14 free throws for 57.1-percent.
  • The Eagles outscored the Lions 16-14 in points off turnovers while the bench out worked the Lions 23-13.     

Next Up
Saint Leo will welcome in No. 9 Barry on Saturday, Dec. 3 for a 4 p.m. tip at the Marion Bowman Activities Center for their Lions second Sunshine State Conference game of the year.

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