BOCA RATON, Fla. – A three-pointer in the last few seconds of the game halted the Saint Leo men's basketball's momentum in the second half as they fell to Lynn 70-68 inside the de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center Wednesday night in a Sunshine State Conference matchup. Lynn shot a three-pointer with five seconds on the clock to put themselves in the lead before a final attempt from 37-feet out for Saint Leo was for naught.
"Despite the loss, I was very proud of our team effort," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated outside of the locker room Wednesday night. "We shared the ball, we played hard and we are still working on playing smart on our way to finishing games off. But I was very proud of our team effort."
Antoine Tobias scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field. Tobias finished with a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range while he was 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Tobias added seven rebounds, dished out four assists and recorded one block to finish out his stat line.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 68 | Lynn 70 Location: de Hoernle Sports & Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 7-9, 2-5 SSC | Lynn 9-5, 4-3 SSC
How It Happened…
1H | The Lynn Fighting Knights kicked off the game with a 10-2 run in the first 3:07, forcing the Lions to call a timeout with 16:53 on the clock. Antoine Tobias grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in the mix of three Knights for the Lions' third and fourth points of the contest. After a Lynn layup and one, Tyreece Brice connected on two free throws to cut the Fighting Knights lead to 13-6 before Saint Leo's defense caused a back court violation to bring the contest to the under-16 media timeout with 15:55 to play. The two teams would be neck and neck for the next four minutes as Tobias' three-pointer would bring the score to a six-point differential, 22-16 with 11:34 to play. Both teams kept even for the next four minutes before the under-eight media timeout as Lynn held a 32-24 lead at the stop in play. The Fighting Knights outscored the Lions 10-8 to hold their lead. The Lions would use a 9-1 run to tie the game after a Justin Satchell three-pointer and a Malik Fuller floater in the paint tying the game, 33-33 before Lynn's Juwan Frazier drained a deep three to take a 36-33 lead. Saint Leo would outscore Lynn 9-6 to cut the deficit to three points with 3:53 to play, 38-35, before Junior Searcy connected on one-of-two free throws out of the stop, 38-36. Both teams would score six points in the final four minutes as Lynn made two free throws and a three-pointer, while Tobias made a turnaround jumper and Brice made a three-pointer off a pass from Satchell with 1.0-second left in the half for the Lions. Tyreece Brice led the Lions with a half-high 13 points where two others were in double-figures in the first half in Antoine Tobias and Justin Satchell. | Lynn 44-41 |
2H | Saint Leo came out of the half and on their first possession Necdet Gurkan hit a three from the corner before Brice stole the ball on Lynn's first possession and tossed to a trailing Tobias who slammed it home as the Lions took the lead, 46-44 with 19:30 to play. Tobias would hit two three-pointers while Lynn only scored one layup over the next four minutes as Saint Leo climbed out to a 52-49 lead. Both teams would play even over the next four minutes to the under-12 media timeout with four points apiece as Saint Leo held a six-point lead, 56-50, with 11:55 to play. Both Saint Leo and Lynn alternated runs as the Knights used two Lion turnovers and scored four points followed by Saint Leo's three points on a Gurkan layup and Brice free throw before the under-eight media, 59-54. Lynn turned around and went on a 8-2 run capped by a three from Botley to regain the lead, 62-61. Trading points was the norm Wednesday night as both teams held the lead before the final media timeout before Lynn had a 64-63 lead. Tobias came down on the Lions next possession and went to the rim hard and found an offensive rebound before finishing it off and the and-one for the Lions 66-64 lead with 2:30 to play. After a missed shot on the first possession under two minutes, Davon Payne grabbed an offensive rebound to keep the ball in the Lions possession where Brice hit a jumper to put the Green and Gold up 68-65 with 1:26 to play. Lynn went down the court and settled for a layup to cut it to one in hopes for the two-and-one possession for the remainder of the game, 68-67 Saint Leo. Botley pushed Lynn up by two, 70-68, with 4.6-seconds left on a three-pointer from the corner. The Lions came down the court and had a clean look but failed to make the bucket. Tobias scored 13 points in the second half to lead the Lions. | Lynn 70-68 |
Points to Note
The Lions fall to 7-9, 2-5 SSC after the loss.
Antoine Tobias scored career-high along with game-high 23 points on 9-11 shooting.
The Lions hauled in 37 rebounds compared to Lynn's 29.
As a team, the Lions shot 42.3-percent (22-52) from the field while they were 42.9-percent (9-21) from downtown.
Lynn improves to 9-5, 4-3 SSC after the win where Marquan Botley led the team with 21 points.
Vieux Kande added 13 points for the Knights on 4-of-5 shooting.
AS a team, the Knights' bench out-produced the Lions 21-12, where they scored six more points, 26-20, in the paint and scored 19 points off of 16 Saint Leo turnovers.
Saint Leo returns home to host Rollins College inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center where the Lions and Tars get underway at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.
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