Men's basketball falls in tough game to Eckerd Saturday

Men's basketball falls in tough game to Eckerd Saturday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball team fell to Eckerd 83-67 in Sunshine State Conference play Saturday afternoon at the McArthur Center. The Lions saw their three-game win streak come to a halt to a fiery Eckerd Tritons.

"Again our guys failed to pay attention to details, and that hurt us early in the game, "head coach Vince Alexander mentioned in Saint Petersburg following the game at Eckerd College. "We will just get back to it and work harder with our guys on doing the little things that help us win ball games in the future."

The Lions were led by Necdet Gurkan who tied a game-high 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field with a perfect 4-for-4 from downtown. Gurkan added four freebies from the free-throw line on the night.

Justin Satchell was second on the team in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Lions bench was led by Davon Payne and Gary Hector who had seven and six points, respectively.

The Lions' 67 points were the fewest points this season, and the fewest points scored since March 5 when Saint Leo scored 72 against No. 17 Barry in the Sunshine State Conference tournament. The Lions' last trip to below 70 points was February 13 when the Lions fell 96-56 at Embry-Riddle. 

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 67 | Eckerd 83
Location: McArthur Center | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 4-5, 1-2 SSC | Eckerd 8-2, 3-1 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | The Tritons came out of the gate hot building to an eight-point lead in the first nine minutes of action, 19-11 with 11:04 to play in the opening half. Eckerd built their lead over the next two minutes to 12 points when the Lions came up empty on three straight possessions, 23-11 at the 9:05 mark. The Tritons continued to be red-hot as the Lions would be outscored 13-7 reaching the 3:44 mark following a Tyreece Brice free throw and quick answer from Eckerd, 36-18. A Justin Satchell three-pointer with 2:20 to play cut the Tritons lead to 20 points, 41-21. On the Tritons next possession, Gary Hector picked the Tritons' Trevon Young's pocket and passed to Marcus Dewberry who found Satchell for the alley-oop slam on the fast break to cut the 20 point deficit with 1:44 to play, Eckerd 41-23. Wiping out the Lions' quick 5-0 run, Eckerd closed the half with the final six points on back-to-back three's from Walsh and Marco Behori. The Lions were led by Justin Satchell at the half with nine points and five rebounds. Marcus Dewberry was a close second as he scored six points in the opening period. | ECKERD 47-23 |

2H | The Lions came out of the break and found their rhythm after Necdet Gurkan drilled a three-pointer to kick off the half. Saint Leo went down to the defensive side and got a Triton turn over followed by another Gurkan three-pointer. A missed bucket and an Eckerd turnover lead to four Gary Hector points as the Lions forced a Triton timeout with 18:08 to play after a 10-0 run to start the final half, Eckerd 47-33. The Lions closed the gap to 13 points, 53-40 with 15:05 to play after Satchell poked the ball away, where Gary Hector snagged it in the air and passed to Marcus Dewberry who found Satchell on the trail for the dunk. The Tritons charged back heading to the under-16 timeout up 17, 57-40, with 14:07 on the clock. Over the next seven minutes, Eckerd pushed their lead to 22 points reaching the 7:13 mark in the second half, 73-51. The Lions could not get over the hump as the Tritons held their 18-21 point advantage reaching the final media timeout of the game, Eckerd 79-58 with 3:57 on the clock. Saint Leo closed the game outscoring the Tritons 9-4. | ECKERD 83-67 |

Points to Note

  • The Lions fall to 4-5, 1-2 SSC and snap their three-game win streak
  • Necdet Gurkan scores team-high 20 points. He snagged five defensive boards on the night.
  • Justin Satchell finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, just one rebound shy of a double-double.
  • Davon Payne leads the bench players with seven points.
  • Marcus Dewberry scored six points and dished out seven assists on the night.
  • As a team, the Lions shot just 47.1% from the field (24-51), 31.3% from the three-point land (5-16).

For Eckerd

  • The Tritons improve to 8-2, 3-1 SSC and keep their win streak alive, moving it to seven games.
  • Trevon Young led the team with game-high 20 points and snagged nine rebounds.
  • Four other Tritons scored in double-figures in Obi Kyei with 16 points, Kevin Walsh with 15, and Drushaun McLaurn and Marco Behori with 10 points each.
  • As a team, the Tritons shot 46.9% (30-64) from the field, 64.3% (9-14) from downtown and 66.7% (14-21) from the free throw line.
  • Eckerd won the rebounding title, 41-29; Bench points 29-17 as well as points in the paint, 38-30, points off of turnovers, 19-9, and second chance points, 16-5.

Next Up
The Lions will take a quick trip to Atlanta, Georgia to take on Clayton State on Tuesday, Dec. 13 for a 5:30 p.m. tip.

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