SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball picked up their third straight win after taking down Tampa 68-56 in a Sunshine State Conference matchup inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center Saturday, Jan. 28, to split the season series, 1-1.
With the win, Saint Leo improves to 10-10, 4-6 SSC and closes out the month of January with a 4-3 record after defeating Tampa just 21 days after falling at Tampa 79-67 on Jan. 7th. The Lions defense held the Spartans to just free throws over the last 9:51 of action where Tampa's last bucket from the field came at the 9:51 mark from Mekhi Biffle. Saint Leo would score 20 points over the last 9:51 to go on for the win.
"I am really proud of our guys tonight and the effort they gave," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated. "We played lock-down defense down the stretch and that's what helped us take down a talented Tampa team. To keep a team from making a field goal in almost 10 minutes, truly shows how hard our guys have been working on executing and paying attention to the details."
Four Lions scored in double-figures while three of those were close to posting double-doubles where Justin Satchell led all scorers with 19 points on the night. Satchell finished at 8-of-14 from the field and 2-of-4 from downtown while adding a 1-for-1 mark from the free throw line. Satchell was aggressive on the defensive glass hauling in six defensive boards to go along with two offensive boards for eight in the game.
Tyreece Brice was second on the team with 13 points off the bench on 5-of-11 shooting. Antoine Tobias tallied 10 points and grabbed nine boards while Dewberry almost posted a triple-double with 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists.
The Basics Final Score: Saint Leo 68 | Tampa 56 Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla. Records: Saint Leo 10-10, 4-6 SSC | Tampa 14-7, 7-5 SSC
How It Happened…
1H | Saint Leo came out of the starting blocks and opened up to an 8-0 lead before Tampa answered with four of their own bringing the game to the first media timeout with 15:50 to play. The Lions continued to control the first half of the game where they went out to a 14-6 lead with 12:03 to play as Justin Satchell and Junior Searcy both connected on a three-pointer before the second media timeout. Tampa would climb back into the game, cutting the deficit to just two points, 28-26 Saint Leo, with 3:14 to play. It would be Satchell again who extended the Lions lead as he hit another three-pointer to put Saint Leo up 31-28 heading into halftime. Satchell led all scorers at the break with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 2-of-4 from deep. The Lions would lead for the entire first half and the game would have zero ties. | Saint Leo 31-28 |
2H | The Lions came out of the locker room and picked up where they left off as Marcus Dewberry scored the first points of the second half, 33-28. Tampa would cut into the Lions lead and head into the first media timeout of the second half trailing Saint Leo 40-37. The Spartans got as close as one point, 41-40, with 14:39 as they were charging the Lions after a three-pointer from Duke Shelton, heading into another media timeout. Both teams would miss multiple shots over the next three minutes as they headed to a media timeout with Saint Leo leading 43-40 after Tyreece Brice made a layup. Over the next two minutes Tampa would close to within one point three times, 43-42, 46-45, and 48-47. The Spartans' layup at 9:51 from Mekhi Biffle was Tampa's final field goal of the game as they would only score nine free throws down the stretch. Tyreece Brice's three-pointer at the 1:46 mark caused Tampa to call a timeout as they fell behind by 10, their largest deficit since the first half when the Lions led 8-0. Saint Leo would lead by as many as 12, twice, down the stretch after an Antoine Tobias dunk from Marcus Dewberry and another Tobias layup with 0:13 on the clock. Saint Leo would close the game on a 20-9 run to go on for their third consecutive win. Tyreece Brice propelled the Lions in the second half with 13 points ahead of Tobias at eight, and Satchell and Dewberry at seven apiece. | Saint Leo 68-56 |
Points to Note
The Lions improve to 10-10, 4-6 SSC after their third straight win on the hardwood. Saint Leo split the season series with Tampa after the 68-56 win Saturday.
Saint Leo was led by Justin Satchell with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The 19 points mark Satchell's third straight double-digit point performance, while it was his 16th double-digit performance.
Tyreece Brice used 13 second half points to lead the Lions from the bench where they outscored the Spartans 15-3.
Marcus Dewberry, who finished just shy of his second triple-double in his career, finished the night with 10 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Dewberry went 3-11 from the field, 1-3 from three-point territory and 3-4 from the line. His miss at the 8:25 mark broke his 24-consecutive made free throw streak before connecting on his last three attempts. The 10 points were Dewberry's eighth straight double-digit point performance and his 17th of the season.
Antoine Tobias scored 10 points on the night and tallied nine rebounds. Since his scoring his career-high 23 points at Lynn on Jan. 11, Tobias has recorded three double-digit point performances with one double-double (at Florida Tech Jan. 18) with 10 rebounds. He tallied eight rebounds in the Lions win at Embry-Riddle and nine rebounds in the win tonight.
As a team, the Lions shot 48.2% from the field (27-56) and shot 31.6% from downtown (6-19). Saint Leo finished the night 8-11 from the charity stripe for a 72.7% night.
The Lions outscored the Spartans 32-24 in the paint, 10-8 in points off of turnovers, 14-8 in second chance points, and 9-5 on the fast break. The Green and Gold's bench outscored Tampa's bench 18-6 on the night led by Brice's 13. Saint Leo won the rebounding title, outrebounding Tamps 43-30.
The Spartans move to 14-7, 7-5 SSC after the loss. Tampa was led by Duke Shelton who scored 15 points, 4-9 FG, 1-1 three-pointer and 6-8 from the free throw line. Shelton added seven boards to his line.
Both Austin Rettig and Mekhi Biffle tallied 12 points in the loss where Freddy Ibrahim notched nine.
Saint Leo will remain home when they open up the month of February on the 1st with a home tilt with Florida Southern College, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
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