Comeback falls short at #11 Barry for men's basketball

Comeback falls short at #11 Barry for men's basketball

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Saint Leo men's basketball's comeback against the 11th-ranked Barry Buccaneers fell just short as the Lions lost to the Buccaneers 96-91 Saturday afternoon inside the HSC Gymnasium.

"I think it was a tale of two halves," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated following the loss. "The first half, I don't think we believed we could win, unfortunately, that put us in a hole. Then we started to believe we could win and it was tough for us." 

The Lions were trailing by as many as 14 in the second half and charged back to cut it to three points with 9.6-seconds to play, before Saint Leo was forced to try to stop the ball by fouling. The Lions converted on their points but the Bucs were converting on their free throws as well to keep their distance.

Alexander went on to add, "We missed too many free throws and championship teams have to hit free throws, especially on the road. I am extremely proud of our team and their willingness to fight and not give up."

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 91 | #11 Barry 96
Location: HSC Gymnasium | Miami Shores, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 11-11, 5-7 SSC | #11 Barry 19-2, 12-2 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | Barry would start the game off on fire as they connected on three three-pointers in the first five minutes of action as they led 13-6 with 14:59 to play reaching the media timeout. Saint Leo would charge back as a Tyreece Brice would cut the Bucs lead to just three, 19-16, with 10:51 to play heading to a media timeout. The Bucs would extend their lead to 28-16 before the Lions used a 5-0 run to close the gap to seven points with 7:29 to play in the opening period. Over the next 5:09, Barry would hit four three-pointers to extend their lead to 39-28 with 2:30 on the clock. Barry closed the half outscoring the Lions 9-7 to close the half, leading by 13 at the break. In the opening half, Saint Leo was led by Brice who scored nine points off the bench. Justin Satchell was close behind with seven points for the Lions. Barry used nine three-pointers to their advantage as they were red hot from downtown shooting 50-percent in the half compared to the Lions 45.5-percent, five made three-pointers. | Barry 48-35 |

2H | The Lions started the second half outscoring their counterparts 11-8 to reach the first media timeout down by 10, 56-46 with 15:54 to play in regulation. The Lions cut it to 10 points out of the gate, 50-40 in favor of the Bucs, after a Dewberry corner three and a Trail Pierce dunk, before both teams went even 6-6 in the scoring column. Barry would extend their lead to 14 points, 65-51, before Junior Searcy would drive to the hole and connect on an and-one with 10:38 remaining in the game, 65-54. The Lions closed to within seven points, 68-61, with 9:51 to play as Searcy connected on two free throws. The Bucs scored on the ensuing possession before Brice hit a three, cutting it to six points, 70-64, with 8:53 to play. Barry raced down the floor and laid it in where Brice answered that with his own layup keeping it a six-point game, 72-66. Barry would score the last two points before the under-eight media timeout leading 74-66 with 7:41 to play. Over a six-minute window, the Lions would close the gap trailing by five points with one minute to play. Saint Leo would cut it to just three points with 9.6-seconds to play, 93-90. The Lions comeback failed just barely as the Buccaneers went on for a five-point victory.  | Barry 96-91 |

Points to Note

  • The Lions move to 11-11, 5-7 SSC on the year after splitting the season series with Barry.
  • Saint Leo was led by Tyreece Brice who scored 21 points off the bench. 
  • Junior Searcy recorded 17 points off the bench as Marcus Dewberry scored 16 points, 13 in the second half. 
  • Antoine Tobias finished the night with 13 points and four rebounds where Justin Satchell finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. 
  • As a team, the Lions shot 51.7% (31-60) from the field, 57.1% (12-21) from downtown and 63% (17-27) from the free throw line.  
  • Saint Leo's bench outscored the Bucs 48-24. 

For No. 11 Barry

  • Barry moves to 19-2, 12-2 SSC after the win. 
  • The Bucs were led by Elvar Fridriksson who scored game-high 23 points. 
  • Four other Bucs were in double-figures in Adrian Gonzalez, 22 points, Sawyer Glick, 19 points, Daniel Mortensen and Arie Williams with 11 points. 
  • As a team, the Bucs shot 51.5% (34-66) from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from downtown and 78.3% (18-23) from the charity stripe. 
  • The Bucs outscored the Lions in the paint, 40-32, points off of rebounds, 13-6, and fastbreak points, 11-2. 

Next Up
Saint Leo will return home to host Lynn on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

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