Dewberry's 3 with 1 second left lifts men's basketball over FSC

Dewberry's 3 with 1 second left lifts men's basketball over FSC

SAINT LEO, Fla. – A wild finish inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center saw the Saint Leo men's basketball team come away with a 68-65 Sunshine State Conference win over Florida Southern on February 1st. Marcus Dewberry drilled a three-pointer with one second left in the game to push the Lions up 68-65, leaving the Moccasins just 0.6-seconds.

"We have been on the other side of this outcome, too many times this year, and I am thankful for being on this side," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated after the win. "It was a tale of two halves. We played so great in the first half but then I felt we lapsed in the second. We still have a lot of work to do but we are getting better. I am proud of our guys for fighting and coming out on top tonight."

Saint Leo trailed by four with 34-seconds to play before a Dewberry layup, a missed free throw for the Mocs and an ensuing jumper by Dewberry tied the game at 65-65. Saint Leo's lock-down full court defensive pressure caused a crazy outlet pass at half court leading to a turnover where Dewberry came up with the ball with two seconds to play. Dewberry raced down the court and drained the go-ahead, game-winning three-pointer leaving just 0.6 on the clock.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 68 | Florida Southern 65
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 11-10, 5-6 SSC | Florida Southern 8-13, 6-6 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | Saint Leo and Florida Southern would play a tight first 4:02 as they found the first media timeout with 15:58 to play at 7-5 in favor of the Lions. Justin Satchell found four quick points in the first few minutes on an alley-oop from Marcus Dewberry and a quick put-back after a Dewberry missed three-pointer late in the shot clock. Florida Southern would come out of the timeout and go on a 5-0 run before the Lions answered with a 12-2 run to force a Mocs timeout with 11:48 to play, Saint Leo 19-12. Saint Leo would climb out to a 14 point lead on a Davon Payne jumper, 26-12, with 10:04 to play. The Mocs would outscore the Lions 8-2 over the next three minutes before the media timeout at 7:37, Saint Leo 28-20. Florida Southern closed to within five points, 30-25, before Satchell hit a deep three-pointer to push the lead to eight, 33-25. The Mocs came down the court and scored a quick two before the Lions called a timeout leading 33-27 with 4:12 to play. Both teams would play tough defense as the Mocs barely outscored the Lions 5-4 in the last 4:12. Justin Satchell led at the half with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting while securing five rebounds. Tyreece Brice came off the bench and notched seven points for the Lions. | Saint Leo 37-32 |

2H | The Mocs came out of the intermission and were running the court and capitalizing on Lion turnovers and missed shots, scoring five quick points to tie the game at 37-37. Florida Southern still pushed the pace as the Lions failed to convert on offense scoring just one point to the Mocs eight. Saint Leo would be forced to call a timeout to regather their thoughts trailing 45-38 with 15:45 to play in the half. Saint Leo would charge back closing the game to four points, 48-44, with 11:41 to play in the game, while the Mocs went cold for 2:46 scoring zero points on six attempts. The Mocs used the media timeout to recharge and came back out and pushed their lead back to 52-44 before two free throws from Junior Searcy cut it to 52-46, leading to a Mocs timeout with 9:25 to play. Saint Leo roared back with a 7-2 run to cut into the Mocs lead, 54-53, with 7:30 to play capped off by a Dewberry layup; Davon Payne stole the ball and ran coast-to-coast with Dewberry on his left, and Satchell on his right, going to Dewberry with the no look pass for the easy layup. Florida Southern would nail a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, 57-53. Both teams would miss their next few attempts heading to the under-eight media timeout with 5:40 to play, FSC 57-53. Saint Leo tied the game via the Junior Searcy dunk with 3:45 to play. Jeremiah Davis ran the floor and tip-in a ball to put the lead back in the hands of the Mocs with 3:30 to play going into the final media timeout, 61-59. Antoine Tobias slammed the ball home with 3:17 on the clock tying the game. Both teams failed to score over the next few minutes before Florida Southern called a timeout with 1:43 to play. Florida Southern capitalized on two blank possessions for the Lions and converted them into a 65-61 lead before Dewberry laid it in moving the game to 65-63 with under a minute to play. A missed free throw by the Mocs' Michael Volovic led to a Dewberry jumper tying the game, 65-65. A terrible pass from the Mocs allowed for the Lions to gain the ball with 5-seconds on the clock where none other than Dewberry flies down the court draining the three-pointer with 0.6 on the clock. | Saint Leo 68-65 | 

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo improves to 11-10, 5-6 SSC after the win. The Lions improve their win streak to four games.
  • The Lions split the season series with the Mocs after the loss on Nov. 16 (97-87) and tonight's win, 68-65.
  • Justin Satchell led the Lions with 16 points on 6-13 shooting from the field. Satchell finished with nine rebounds and two assists.
  • Junior Searcy and Marcus Dewberry scored 12 points apiece on the night where they both had four rebounds, two assists where Dewberry added one steal.
  • Tyreece Brice added nine points off the bench. Trail Pierce scored seven and Antoine Tobias scored five. Tobias hauled in a career-high 15 rebounds, 12 defensive, in the win.
  • As a team, the Lions outscored the Mocs 30-26 in the paint, 16-5 in bench points, 15-10 in second chance points. Saint Leo won the rebounding title for the second consecutive night outrebounding Florida Southern 51-43.
  • The Lions finished the night going 36.4% (24-66) from the field, 33.3% (7-21) from downtown and 76.5% (13-17) from the free throw line.

For Florida Southern

  • The Mocs fall to 8-13, 6-6 SSC after the loss.
  • Florida Southern was led by Jeremiah Davis who scored a game-high 26 points.
  • Tyler Ross and Michael Volovic rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
  • The Mocs finished with a 35.8% (24-67) shooting from the field, 42.9% (9-21) from downtown and 50% (8-16) from the free throw line.

Next Up
Saint Leo travels to Miami Shores to take on No. 7 Barry on Sat., Feb. 4 at 4:00 p.m.

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