Men's basketball bounced back with win over Benedict Monday

Men's basketball bounced back with win over Benedict Monday

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University's men's basketball team rebounded on two days of rest to defeat Benedict, 78-72, Monday, Dec. 19 inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center for their sixth win of the year. The Lions saw two players' record double-doubles in Marcus Dewberry (21 points, 10 assists) and Justin Satchell (17 points, 10 rebounds).

"Thought it was a great bounce back tonight," head coach Vince Alexander said following the Lions 78-72 win over Benedict. "We are working on changing our mindset from one game to the next game and playing consistently. We are taking all teams and playing the same."

"I think our guys did a good job of that tonight and we had two guys in double-doubles – one in assists and one in rebounds – that was very nice to see, I thought we shared the ball real well tonight and the guys did a great job overall tonight defending."

The Lions controlled the entire game as their only lapse was when Benedict led 3-2 in the first 1:10 of the game. Saint Leo regained the lead and held onto it for the entirety of the game against Benedict.

With 2:33 left in the game, Saint Leo had two players inches away from a double-double on the night. A missed shot by Benedict's Justice Morgan fell into the hands of Justin Satchell which capped off his double-double. Marcus Dewberry recorded his second double-double of the year when he drove to the hole and found a waiting Junior Searcy who slammed it home for the Lions' 75th and 76th points of the night. Dewberry's double-double with points and assists was the first of that mixture in his career. The last time he recorded 10 assists was Feb. 20, 2016, versus Florida Tech when he recorded his first triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. 

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 78 | Benedict 72
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 6-6, 1-2 SSC | Benedict 3-5

How It Happened…
1H | Saint Leo came out of the gates hot Monday night where Justin Satchell started off the scoring for the game with the first bucket at 19:42 to put the Lions ahead of the Tigers first. Benedict answered with a three for their lone lead of the game, 3-2, with 18:50 to go in the half. Saint Leo would use a 10-0 run to jump out to a 10 point lead in the first four minutes of the game and maintained a healthy lead for the next 10 minutes not allowing the Tigers to get closer than six points before the 5:29 mark when Jaylin Gilbert hit a three-pointer for Benedict to cut the lead to just four points, 30-26. The Lions closed the half outscoring the Tigers 12-2, capped off by a Tyreece Brice three-pointer, to head into the break with a 14 point lead, 42-28. The Lions saw Marcus Dewberry lead all scorers with nine points at the break. Brice was just behind Dewberry with eight points where Satchell tallied seven points and six rebounds. | Saint Leo 42-28 |

2H | After the break, both teams returned to the court where Saint Leo continued to roll building their lead to 18 points with back-to-back jumpers from Dewberry and Satchell, 46-28 | 18:49. The Tigers kept chipping away and cut the Lions lead to under 10 with 12:25 to play as Brandon Morris made a layup to cap off Benedict's 18-8 six minute span to bring the game to 54-46 Saint Leo. Saint Leo would hold onto the lead for a little over a minute before Benedict cut it to three points after Gilbert hit a three-pointer and Morris hit a jumper with 11:03 to play, 55-52 Saint Leo. A quick turnaround as the Lions came firing back and used speed against the Tigers where Saint Leo would go 4-for-5 from the field including two three-pointers from Satchell to propel themselves back to a healthy lead, 68-54, with 6:20 to play. Benedict would refuse to go away as they kept cutting into the Lions lead and brought it to under 10 points with two minutes to play. Saint Leo's Drago Popovic would push the game back to 10 points with 1:20 to play followed by a quick layup by Quayshun Hawkins 10-seconds later, 74-66 Saint Leo with 1:10 to play. Following a Junior Searcy dunk with 0:44 on the clock, Hawkins would nail a three-pointer to cut the game to seven points, 76-69. Dewberry closed the scoring for the Lions with two free throws to put Saint Leo up 78-69 where the game ended on a Hawkins three-pointer with 10-seconds left in the game. Satchell added 10 points and four rebounds in the second half where Dewberry was just ahead of him with 12 points and three rebounds for the Lions while dishing out four assists in the final period. | Saint Leo 78-72 | 

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo moves 6-6 on the year.
  • Four players scored in double-figures for the Lions where eight total players recorded points in the win. Marcus Dewberry found himself atop the scoring with game-high 21 points ahead of Justin Satchell's 17 points, Tyreece Brice's 12 points and Drago Popovic's career-high 10 points.
  • Satchell wrapped up his night with his first double-double in the Green and Gold with 10 rebounds to go along with his 17 points.
  • Dewberry recorded his second double-double of the year with 10 assists added to his 21 points. Dewberry also secured six rebounds and six steals on the evening.
  • Brice added six assists and three steals to his stat line while hauling in four defensive rebounds.
  • Popovic saw the most minutes he has been on the court all year. In his time on the floor, he pulled down six rebounds and had one assist, one block, and one steal to go along with his 10 points, on 5-of-10 shooting.
  • As a team, the Lions outscored the Tigers 36-22 in the paint and 20-8 on the fast break. Saint Leo improved their field goal shooting percentage after only firing off good looks at the hoop going for 53.7% (29-54) from the field. The Lions made five of 11 shots from downtown for a 45.5% three-point shooting percentage. Saint Leo added 15 freebies as they went to the free throw line 20 times and converted 15 of those.  

For Benedict

  • The Tigers move to 3-5 on the year after the setback to the Lions on the road.
  • Benedict saw three players in double-figures led by Quayshun Hawkins with 19 points. Jaylin Gilbert recorded 16 points where Brandon Morris notched 13.
  • Morris hauled in team-high six rebounds while dishing out five assists. Morris also added three blocks and two steals to his line.
  • As a team, the Tigers shot 40.3% (27-67) from the field and 36.4% (12-33) from beyond the three-point arc. Benedict finished the night making 6-of-13 free throws for a 46.2%.
  • The Tigers outscored the Lions 20-10 in second chance points as they hauled in 17 offensive rebounds. Benedict's bench outproduced Saint Leo 38-21 on the night, led by Hawkins and Gilbert.

Next Up
Following the holiday break, Saint Leo will remain at home and welcome in Sunshine State Conference foe Palm Beach Atlantic on Dec. 30th for a 7:30 p.m. tip inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center.  

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