SAINT LEO, Fla. – A late Saint Leo surge was a tad too late as the Lions fell to Rollins 77-72 Saturday night inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center in a Sunshine State Conference matchup. Saint Leo was sparked by Marcus Dewberry in the second half who scored 19 points in just 12 minutes of action for the Green and Gold.
"I think all year we have struggled guarding the three, and the only resolution is to go in the gym, work on it and continue to get better," Head Coach Vince Alexander said following the 77-72 loss. "It's going to be difficult to win when the team you're playing makes more free throws then you've attempted. But regardless, I think we had a couple guys step up and play hard tonight and we need to build on that."
Despite falling by five, the Lions' defense held the Tars to no field goals over the last 3:28 of the game as they attempted their comeback. Marcus Dewberry fell just two points shy of his career-high as he scored 33 points in the loss.
Dewberry finished 11-for-20 from the field adding 9-of-15 from downtown. His 2-for-2 mark from the charity stripe extended his consecutive streak to four straight games of 100-percent from the line. His last missed free throw came at the 2:33 mark of the second half in the win over Benedict on Dec. 19. He has gone 14-of-14 in his last trips to the free throw line.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 72 | Rollins 77 Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 7-10, 2-5 SSC | Rollins 9-8, 3-5 SSC
How It Happened…
1H | Saint Leo came into the game and scored the first points on an alley-oop to Antoine Tobias. In the first three minutes of the contest, the Lions would go out to a 7-2 lead after a jumper from Marcus Dewberry and a three-pointer from Tyreece Brice. Rollins used a 3-0 run to bring the game to two points before the Lions' Dewberry hit a three, 10-5 with 14:48 to play in the first half. The Tars used an 11-0 run over 1:38 to take the lead, 16-10 before the Lions hit their first field goal with a Junior Searcy layup, 16-12, before the two teams reached the 11:30 mark at 19-14 Rollins. The Tars used two three-pointers and a layup to take a 25-20 lead with 7:18 remaining in the first half, the Lions would have another dry spell for over two minutes before a deep three-pointer by Brice at the end of a shot clock. Both teams would play evenly over the remaining seven minutes as both teams scored 10 points to end the half where the Tars owned a five-point lead at the break. Marcus Dewberry used four three-pointers on eight attempts in the first half to propel himself to half-high 14 points. Joey Galvis came off the bench for the Tars and led the team with 10 points. | Rollins 35-30 |
2H | The Lions came out of the half and would score just three points on a three by Dewberry reaching the 16:53 mark after turnovers caused agony where the Tars turned them into points going to a 47-33 lead. The Lions would cut it to 10 points after a Tobias dunk from Lawrence Watt and a steal by Tobias leading to a Gary Hector layup forcing a timeout by the Tars, 47-37 Rollins at the 15:16 mark. The Tars kept the Lions to four points over 3:39 while scoring eight themselves heading to the under-12 media timeout, 55-41, before Davon Payne connected on two free throws out of the timeout, 55-43. Saint Leo outscored the Tars 16-10 over the next six minutes highlighted by Dewberry three-pointers after he sat out a good portion of the second half, coming off the bench and being electric immediately heading to the 6:55 mark, 65-57 Rollins. The Lions would use a layup and a three from Dewberry and a free throw from Trail Pierce to remain close with the Tars as both teams would be equal heading to the 3:50 mark, 70-63. Coming out of the break, Dewberry sank two free throws moving the game to a five-point contest, 70-65. Despite the Tars connecting on any field goals over the last 3:24, Rollins was able to hold off the Lions' attack before going on for the five-point lead. Dewberry played just 12 minutes in the second half scoring 19 points going 5-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc. | Rollins 77-72 |
Points to Note
The Lions fall to 7-10, 2-6 SSC after the setback.
Marcus Dewberry scored 33 points on the night on 9-of-15 shooting from downtown, two points shy of his career-high. Dewberry added four assists and four rebounds on the night.
As a team, the Lions shot 44.4 % from the field (24-54) where they were 40.6% from downtown (13-32). Saint Leo finished the night 11-of-16 from the free throw line to finish at 68.8%.
The Tars improve to 9-8, 3-5 SSC after the five-point win.
Rollins was led by Connor McKim who tallied 15 points on three three-pointers. Joey Galvis scored 13 points off the bench as Nils Lehmann added 11 points.
As a team, the Tars shot 46% from the field (23-50), 50% from downtown (11-22) and 74.1% (20-27) from the charity stripe.
Rollins' bench outscored Saint Leo 29-18, where the Tars converted 14 Lion turnovers to 25 points.
Saint Leo will head to Melbourne for a mid-week SSC contest against Florida Tech on Jan. 18 where tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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