MELBOURNE, Fla. – The deep ball and Necdet Gurkan allow Saint Leo to sneak out of the Clemente Center with a 90-79 overtime victory on Wednesday night. Two Lions connected for 12-of-23 from downtown in Marcus Dewberry and Justin Satchell before Gurkan took over in overtime.
"I am very proud of our guys," Head Coach Vince Alexander said following the overtime victory. "Tonight they showed the toughness that we've been looking for. When we faced adversity in the game and got down, we didn't quit. I thought it was a great team effort tonight."
Saint Leo overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half capped off by a three-pointer by Justin Satchell with 23-seconds to play in regulation before lockdown defense forced overtime.
Satchell and Dewberry led the team in scoring with 26 points and 24 points, respectively. This is the second time Satchell went 6-of-11 from downtown this season and it resulted in the same outcome, a victory in overtime; Satchell went 6-of-11 (54.5%) for three in the Lions' win over then No. 9 Barry 99-93 on Dec. 3.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 90 | Florida Tech 79 OT Location: Clemente Center | Melbourne, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 8-10, 3-5 SSC | Florida Tech 11-7, 4-5 SSC
How It Happened…
1H | Both the Lions and Panthers came out and missed their first few shots before Saint Leo jumped on the board first with two free throws from Junior Searcy. Florida Tech used three free throws to take the lead. The Panthers' Sam Daniel pushed the lead to four points after a three-pointer before the Lions charged back to regain the lead 9-8 on a Trail Pierce jumper with 15 minutes to play. Right before the first media timeout, Florida Tech hit another three-pointer to take an 11-9 mark at the 14:02 mark. Gurkan scored the Lions lone three points over the two-minute window before FIT took a 15-12 lead to the second media timeout with 12:02 to play. Saint Leo and Florida Tech played evenly over the next five minutes before the 7:01 media timeout where FIT remained out in front, 21-17. FIT came out of the media and used a 5-0 run to jump out by 10 points, 27-17 before a Marcus Dewberry three-pointer cut it back to seven points. A missed shot and a huge defensive rebound by Antoine Tobias led to a Gurkan layup in transition on the other end of the court where the Panthers led 27-22. Florida Tech's Casanova hit a jumper before Justin Satchell made a layup on the other end before blocking Sam Daniel's shot to send the game to the final media timeout of the half, FIT 29-24 with 3:34 to play. The Panthers would use a 12-5 advantage to close the half. Necdet Gurkan and Justin Satchell led the Lions in the first half with seven points apiece. Antoine Tobias recorded five points and five rebounds in the first half as Marcus Dewberry tallied six points. At the break, the Panthers were led by Sam Daniel who tallied 13 points, just ahead of Jordan Majors who notched 10 first half points. | Florida Tech 41-29 |
2H | Florida Tech came out of the intermission and saw Sam Daniel connect on a three-pointer and a jumper compared to the Lions' one layup by Tobias, 46-31. Saint Leo would use the deep ball to stay in the game as they sank four three-pointers as Dewberry was first, followed by Satchell, Tobias and Tyreece Brice. In between Saint Leo's three's, Florida Tech made a deep three from Daniel and a floater from Anderson before the first media timeout at 15:03, FIT 53-45. Saint Leo closed to within three points after outscoring the Panthers 12-7 over the next four minutes, 60-57. Back-to-back media timeouts stalled the Lions momentum as the Panthers came out and scored five points compared to Saint Leo's two on a Dewberry fast break layup prior to the under-eight media timeout, FIT 65-59. Saint Leo went back to the deep ball as they climbed ahead 70-68 at the 3:41 media timeout after connecting on three three-pointers over four minutes of action; Satchell hit the final two three's to push the Green and Gold ahead. Florida Tech outscored the Lions 8-6 over the final 3:41 but a key three-pointer from Satchell with 23-seconds left to tie the game at 76-76. The ensuing possession, the Lions locked down the Panthers and sent the game to overtime as Tobias recorded a block and rebound to end the game. Dewberry led the team with 24 points at the end of regulation as Justin Satchell was second with 22. | TIED 76-76 |
OT |Necdet Gurkan. End of story. Gurkan came in and instantly pushed the Lions ahead, 78-77 after he stole the ball and went down the court for a fast-break layup. The turning point in overtime was at the 1:02 mark when FIT's Booth tripped Satchell causing the referees to wave off the game-tying three-pointer as Satchell connected on two free throws. Tyreece Brice made two free throws in the extra period as Gurkan secured a very important defensive rebound before getting fouled by Florida Tech's Daniel, leading to two free throws from Gurkan, 90-79 Saint Leo. The Lions held onto the ball for the remaining 24.6-seconds in overtime before going on for the 11 point victory. Saint Leo outscored Florida Tech 14-3 in overtime. | Saint Leo 90-79 |
Points to Note
The Lions improve to 8-10, 3-6 snapping a three-game skid.
Justin Satchell found his way from beyond the arc as he connected on 6-of-11 and going 8-for-11 from the floor for team-high 26 points.
Marcus Dewberry tried to keep up with Satchell as he scored 24 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the floor and 6-of-12 from downtown.
Antoine Tobias recorded his second double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Brice was one assist shy of a double-double with a career-high nine assists.
As a team, the Lions shot 49.2% (29-59) from the field, 50% from downtown (16-32) and 76.2% (16-21) from the charity stripe.
The Lions' bench outscored the Panthers 37-6, scored 18-second chance points compared to FIT's nine.
Saint Leo outscored Florida Tech in the second half to overcome a 17 point deficit and 14-3 in overtime.
For Florida Tech
The Panthers fall to 11-7, 4-5 SSC after the loss in overtime.
FIT was led by Sam Daniel who scored game-high 28 points. Two other Panthers scored double-digits in Patrick Anderson and Jordan Majors with 19 apiece.
As a team, the Panthers shot 45% (27-60) from the field, 26.9% (7-26) from downtown and 72% (18-25) from the free throw line.
Saint Leo remains on the road when they head to Daytona Beach for an afternoon matchup with the Eagles of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University inside the ICI Center at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.
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