Men’s basketball hands #9 Barry first loss of the season in OT

Men’s basketball hands #9 Barry first loss of the season in OT

SAINT LEO, Fla. – On the day of celebration for the Saint Leo community, where the men's golf team unveiled their championship banner in the Marion Bowman Activities Center, the Saint Leo men's basketball team stunned the No. 9 Barry Buccaneers 99-93 in overtime on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Lions improve to 4-4, 1-1 Sunshine State Conference after handing the Buccaneers their first loss of the season. Saint Leo was currently on a skid against ranked opponents, dating back to January 27, 2016, when the Lions took down No. 10 Eckerd 87-84 at home. The win against Barry tonight is their third straight victory and open up the month of December in the win column. 

"I believe we had a lot of guys step up and contribute in a big way tonight, in particular, Gary Hector and Drago Popovich," head coach Vince Alexander stated after the win over No. 9 Barry. "We understand that we have played a very tough schedule and lost some close games in the closing minutes of the game.  I believe we have learned a lot through these losses."

On the night, the Lions saw an offensive spark from Justin Satchell and Tyreece Brice. Satchell finished the night off with game-high 28 points on 10-19 shooting from the field. He would drain six three-pointers and haul in nine rebounds, missing another double-double. Satchell would secure seven offensive boards in the win which led to second chance points.

Brice would add 26 points on 8-13 shooting from the field, going a perfect 3-3 from beyond the arc. Brice added seven points from the charity stripe missing just three while dishing out five assists.

Marcus Dewberry scored 17 points for the Lions with four key free throws late in overtime where Necdet Gurkan recorded his first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Unlike Satchell's rebounds, Gurkan snagged eight defensive boards.

"We will focus on one game at a time, trying to get better every practice,"  Alexander mentioned of the week to come. "It was a great win and I'm very happy for our guys."

For the Buccaneers, Adrian Gonzalez recorded another double-figure game with 28 points before exiting the game with five fouls. Gonazlez missed just two shots all night going 13-15 from the field. Daniel Mortensen and Elvar Fridriksson would each tally 19 points where Arie Williams tallied 12 points.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 99 | No. 9 Barry 93 OT
Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 4-4, 1-1 SSC | Barry 6-1, 3-1 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | The opening half with the Saint Leo Lions and the No. 9 Barry Buccaneers was a close game. The game featured nine ties with 12 lead changes. The Bucs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first minute before the Lions tied it 4-4 seconds later. The score would flip flop over the next nine minutes before the Lions opened it up to a five-point lead at 9:49, leading 26-21, on a Marcus Dewberry fast break dunk and a Justin Satchell jumper. The Bucs would climb back into the game and take their own five-point lead with 4:42 to play, leading 38-33. Saint Leo closed within one point at 3:51, 38-37, before a Dewberry three-pointer at 2:45 pushed the Lions ahead 40-38. Barry tied the game 40-40 with 2:18 to play and scored the final two buckets to go into the break with a four-point cushion. Dewberry led the team with 11 points in the half as Necdet Gurkan and Justin Satchell finished with nine points. Satchell cleaned up the board with half-high seven rebounds. | Barry 44-40 |

2H | Barry came out of the half and scored the first points of the second half to open it up to a six point lead, 46-40, but not before Saint Leo came charging back to close within one, 46-45 with 18:04 to play. The second half saw three ties and three lead changes once the Lions tied it at 46-46 with 18:04 after Drago Popovic completed the and-one. Popovic played five minutes and 28 seconds in the first seven minutes of the second half and scored nine points to spark the Lions. Popovic would put the Lions up 50-49 with 16:45 to play before pushing that margin to three with a tip-in at 16:19, Lions 52-49. Saint Leo would jump out to a seven-point lead with 11:51 on the clock, 66-59. The Bucs would tie the game at 68-68 after a 9-2 run with nine minutes to go. The Lions would jump back to a five-point cushion at the 4:52 mark after Satchell drained another three-pointer. The Bucs would take the lead with 3:07 to play on a Sawyer Glock three-pointer, 81-79. After Barry would go up by four with 2:23 to play on an Adrian Gonzalez layup, the Lions would close out the second half on a 7-3 run to tie the game for the 12th time, 86-86, and forcing overtime. With one-second left in regulation, Brice tried to end it 57-feet away with a shot for mercy, just missing as it glanced off the back board and off the front of the rim at the buzzer. In the second half alone, Brice went off for 18 points followed by Satchell's 11 points. Popovic's nine points off the bench were the most any bench player scored all day for either team. | TIED 86-86 |

OT | With momentum up in the air between the two teams, the Lions had the crowd on their side at home in overtime. Quick out of the gate, Barry jumped ahead with a three-pointer from Daniel Mortensen with 4:07 to play, 89-86. After missing his first attempted three-pointer in the bonus period, Justin Satchell drained one with 3:28 to play bringing the score to a tie, 89-89.  Satchell would drill his three from steps away from his other attempt after Brice sailed through the air and grabbed the offensive rebound. Satchell would drop two free throws at 1:46 to play to put Saint Leo up two, 91-89 before Barry tied it with a layup by Gonzalez. Satchell's three-pointer at 1:05 pushed Saint Leo up 94-91 and moved all momentum into the Lions corner. A quick layup by Elvar Fridriksson would be the final points for Barry after two empty possessions on their end of the floor. The Lions would go 5-7 from the free-throw line down the stretch to knock off Barry, 99-93. The Lions would go 7-8 from the charity stripe where the Bucs attempted zero shots from the free throw line in overtime. Saint Leo's six-man rotation in overtime kept out of the foul column where the Bucs seven-man rotation committed five fouls. In overtime alone, Satchell scored eight points with two three-pointers and two free throws. Dewberry tallied four points, all from the free throw line where Brice scored the only other point for the Lions from the free throw line, the very last point of the game. | Saint Leo 99-93 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo improves to 4-4 on the year and 1-1 SSC after the upset against #9 Barry
  • The Lions were led by Justin Satchell who score 28 points on 10-19 FG, 6-11 three-pointers, and 2-2 from the free throw line. Satchell finished yet again just shy of a double-double with nine rebounds.
  • Tyreece Brice tallied 26 points to finish with the second-most points on the team. Brice went 8-13 from the field and 3-3 from downtown. Brice nailed seven free throws on the night while adding five assists to his stat line.
  • Marcus Dewberry scored 17 points on the night with a perfect 4-4 from the charity stripe, all in overtime.
  • Necdet Gurkan recorded his first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Drago Popovic scored nine points in his first 5:28 of action before playing a full 15 minutes. Popovic hauled in three boards in his action on the court.
  • Lawrence Watt scored seven points off the bench while Gary Hector tallied one point from the free throw line.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 51.4-percent (36-70) from the field and 45.8-percent (11-24) from beyond the three-point arc. Saint Leo went 16-22 from the free throw line for 72.7-percent.
  • The Lions bench outscored the Buccaneers 17-13 while the Lions had more second chance points than the Bucs, 22-10.   

For Barry

  • Barry suffered their first loss of the year, 99-93 to the Lions.
  • The Bucs were led by Adrian Gonzalez who scored 28 points on 13-15 from the field.
  • Daniel Mortensen and Elvar Fridriksson both scored 19 points while Arie Williams tallied 12.
  • As a team, the Bucs shot 55.6-percent (35-63) on the night with 10-26 from the downtown. Barry finished red-hot 13-16 from the charity stripe.
  • The Bucs outscored the Lions in the paint 44-40, while they scored 22 points off of turnovers compared to Saint Leo's 19.     

Next Up
Saint Leo takes a week off from action before heading to Eckerd on Dec. 10 for a 4 p.m. tip-off.

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