MORROW, Ga. – Saint Leo University men's basketball went into the Loch on Tuesday night and swiped a game away from the hometown team, Clayton State University. The Lions took down the Lakers 75-62 to improve to 5-5 on the year.
"I think we did a much better job offensively tonight," head coach Vince Alexander stated outside of the Loch Tuesday night. "We had some movements that weren't as good as we wanted but we are stepping in a new direction defensively and the guys did a much better job tonight."
Marcus Dewberry recorded his fourth double-double with an 18 point+13 rebound performance on Tuesday evening. Dewberry was 4-12 from the field with 2-7 from the three-point territory while going a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Dewberry hauled in 13 total rebounds with 12 defensive boards while dishing out five assists on the night.
Junior Searcy made his season debut and recorded 14 points on 5-8 shooting from the field. Searcy added four points from the free-throw line on the night.
The Lions picked up their first road win of the year moving to 1-3 after the win at Clayton State. Saint Leo evened the Alexander era series with Clayton State, 1-1, after dropping the game in 2015 and winning tonight.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 72 | Clayton State 62 Location: The Loch | Morrow, Ga. Records: Saint Leo 5-5, 1-2 SSC | Clayton State 4-4
How It Happened…
1H | A fast-paced first half resulted in a few missed buckets in the opening two minutes where the Lions saw themselves hold onto a 5-2 lead at the first media timeout of the game. Saint Leo would jump out to an eight-point lead, 16-8, with 11:17 on the clock as Marcus Dewberry hit his first three-pointer. The Lions lead was cut to one point with 9:55 to play before the Green and Gold pushed it back to four points with 7:47 on the clock, 19-15. The Lakers closed the gap after Saint Leo went up by six, 21-15, to one point reaching the final media timeout of the half. The Lions maintained a one-point lead, 23-22 with 3:47 on the clock. Following the timeout, the Lakers' Jaumonee Byrd put Clayton State in the lead for the first time, 24-23 with two free throws. The Lions' Dewberry headed to the line with the chance to tie and regain the lead for the Lions seconds later, where he hit both free throws to push Saint Leo up, 25-24 with 3:32 to play. Over the next 1:30 of action, the two teams would exchange score before Dewberry hit a layup and then a three-pointer forcing a Clayton State timeout with 1:12 to play, Lions up 30-26. After another empty possession for the Lakers, Antoine Tobias hit a jumper from the top of the key to push Saint Leo up 32-26. With the final possession with 9.4-second on the clock, the Lions Tyreece Brice hit a jumper right before time expired to put the Lions up eight points at the break. Marcus Dewberry led all scorers with 12 points at the intermission. Tyreece Brice was second on the team with six points followed by Justin Satchell with four points and Darius Huggins and Junior Searcy at three points apiece. | Saint Leo 34-26 |
2H | Both teams came out of the break and traded points but it was Justin Satchell who sparked the Lions. Satchell recorded six points for the Lions to start the half while securing two rebounds on both ends of the floor, 40-30 with 18:06 to play. The Lions jumped out to a 12 point lead with 16:11, 44-32, after a layup from Tyreece Brice and Antoine Tobias. The Lions held onto a 10 point lead reaching the under-12 media timeout, 50-40. Following the quick break, Brice threw a lob to Searcy for his second dunk of the game. Brice followed that up with his own layup before another Searcy dunk to put the Lions up 56-43 with 10:49 to play. The Lakers closed to within nine points after two empty possessions for the Lions, 56-47 with 8:58 to play. Darius Huggins hit a layup to extend the lead back to 11 for the Lions, 58-47. An Alfonso Davis jumper cut the Lions lead to seven points, 58-51 with 6:12 to play in the second half. Brice pushed the Lions lead back to 10 points, 61-51, with an old fashion three-point play with the fast break layup and free throw. Despite a Byrd jumper for Clayton State and two Dantez Bennamon free throws, the Lions held a six-point lead at the 3:47 media timeout. Searcy and Dewberry combined together for five points to push the Lions to a nine-point lead with 2:19 to play, 66-57. A huge Drago Popovic block on the Lakers possession led to two Necdet Gurkan free throws to put the Lions up 68-57 with two minutes to play. The Lions would cruise to the victory after the Lakers found themselves in the fouling situation, where the Lions hit 7-of-8 free throws to end the game. | Saint Leo 75-62 |
Points to Note
The Lions improved to 5-5 on the year.
Marcus Dewberry finished the night with a double-double, 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Dewberry and Brice added five assists to their stat lines while Satchell snagged seven rebounds on the night.
As a team, the Lions shot 48.2% from the field (27-56) and 70.4% from the free throw line (19-27).
The Lions outrebounded the Lakers 47-37, while the Green and Golds bench outscored Clayton State, 26-15.
For Clayton State
The Lakers fall to 4-4 on the year.
Two Clayton State players recorded double-figures in Dantez Bennamon and Jaumonee Byrd who each scored 16 points.
Alfonso Davis hauled in team-high 11 rebounds.
As a team, the Lakers shot 33.8% from the field (23-68) while they were 63.6% (14-22) from the free throw line.
Saint Leo will return home for a three-game home stand starting on Dec. 16 against Auburn-Montgomery at 7 p.m. inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
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