Men's basketball defeats ERAU; Dewberry extends free throw streak to 24 straight

Men's basketball defeats ERAU; Dewberry extends free throw streak to 24 straight

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball won their second consecutive game behind another 30 point performance from Marcus Dewberry and a first career double-double from Justin Satchell with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Lions won 77-71 over Embry-Riddle inside the ICI Center.

"I was impressed with tonight's performance from our team," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated. "It's always tough to win on the road and our guys have put in the work to get two in a row, and that's saying something about our team. We will continue to work and prepare for our next game on Saturday."

Marcus Dewberry, Tyreece Brice, Antoine Tobias and Justin Satchell all scored in double-figures for the Lions. In the fourth meeting between the Eagles and Lions, Saint Leo now holds a 3-1 series record with the teams splitting the 2015-16 series, 1-1, and Saint Leo defeating Embry-Riddle in both matchups this year.

Dewberry went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line extending his consecutive streak to 24. 

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 77 | Embry-Riddle 71
Location: ICI Center | Daytona Beach, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 9-10, 3-5 SSC | Embry-Riddle 10-7

How It Happened…

1H | Both the Saint Leo Lions and Embry-Riddle Eagles would hold their own lead in the first 9:05 of the game. Embry-Riddle went out to a three-point lead before the Lions used back-to-back three-pointers by Necdet Gurkan and Tyreece Brice to take a four-point lead, 18-14 before the Eagles went on a 4-0 run forcing a Lion timeout with 10:55 to play, 18-18. Embry-Riddle jumped out to a 24-22 lead at the 7:14 mark before the Lions came out of the timeout and tied it quickly with a jumper by Dewberry. The Lions forced a turnover where Tyreece Brice fed Dewberry for a dunk and one to push Saint Leo's lead to 27-24. Saint Leo kept the pressure and speed on as they would eventually build their lead to 36-32 with 3:36 remaining. Over the next minute, the Lions would use a 5-0 run to force an Eagle timeout after Brice hit a wide open three followed by a Dewberry jumper, 41-32, with 2:34 left in the first. Over the remaining 2:34, the Eagles outscored the Lions 7-2 after three straight empty trips for the Green and Gold before a Justin Satchell jumper ended the half as the final points. At the break, Dewberry led all scorers with 16 points on 7-of-9 from the field where Brice added 13 points off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from downtown. Embry-Riddle was led by Skyler Hogan who scored team-high 11 points. | Saint Leo 43-39 |

2H | Embry-Riddle came out of the locker room and outscored the Lions 17-6 to regain a lead heading to the first media timeout of the second half, leading 56-49. Saint Leo would be held to zero field goals over the next three minutes as they cut into the lead with free throws with Necdet Gurkan going 1-for-2, Dewberry going 2-for-2 and Tobias going 2-for-2 as the Eagles led 57-54 at the under-12 media timeout. The Lions came out of the timeout and Dewberry throw a lob to Tobias for the dunk to cut the lead to one point, 57-56 Eagles. The Lions would outscore the Eagles 8-3 capped off with six points from Dewberry and a jumper by Satchell, 64-60, heading into the under-8 media timeout with 7:03 to play in the half. Saint Leo pushed it out to a 67-61 lead after a Brice layup and Gurkan free throw before the Eagles made their first field goal since the 15:31 mark on a jumper by Skyler Hogan at the 5:37 mark, 67-63 Lions. Embry-Riddle used a 6-3 run to head to the final media timeout with 3:23 to play tying the game, 69-69. The Lions used six free throws and one dunk from Tobias to close out the game before they left the ICI Center with a six-point victory. Dewberry went 4-for-4 from the line to close the game. | Saint Leo 77-71 |

Points to Note

  • The Lions improve to 9-10, 3-6 SSC after the victory.
  • Marcus Dewberry scored a game-high 30 points on 9-of-14 from the field. Dewberry went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line extending his free throw streak to 24 consecutive, dating back to Dec. 19.
  • Dewberry has now scored in double-figures in seven straight contest while dropping his third 30-point performance this season.
  • Tyreece Brice came off the bench and scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 3-of-5 from deep.
  • Justin Satchell and Antoine Tobias both scored 10 points apiece as Satchell recorded his second career double-double with snatching game-high 10 rebounds.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 48.1% (26-54) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from downtown and 73.1% (19-26) from the charity stripe. The Lions hauled in four more rebounds than the Eagles, 35-31.

For Embry-Riddle

  • The Eagles drop to 10-7 after the loss.
  • Skyler Hogan led the Eagles with 24 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Dalton Barnes was second on the team with 16 points, going 5-of-10 from the field. Barnes completed his double-double with 10 assists. Luka Majstorovic was third on the team with 13 points.
  • As a team, Embry-Riddle shot 45.6% (26-57) from the field, 25% (5-20) from downtown and 82.4% (14-17) from the free throw line.

Next Up
Saint Leo has an off week before hosting Tampa on Saturday, January 28th at 5:30 p.m. in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

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