Hot shooting guides men's basketball by Panthers, 97-76

Hot shooting guides men's basketball by Panthers, 97-76

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team put on a shooting clinic on Saturday evening in their 97-76 takedown of Florida Tech, as the Lions shot 69.1-percent from the field in the Sunshine State Conference game.

Saint Leo's hot shooting was highlighted by an impressive 10 of 11 shooting by Antoine Tobias, who also connected on all four of his three-point attempts, and his two free throw attempts. The junior led all scorers with 26 points, adding eight rebounds and three assists.

Senior Marcus Dewberry threw together an impressive double-double with his 19 points and a career-high 14 assists. He also added six rebounds and a steal.

"I am proud of our guys tonight and their effort they gave. I think this might've been the most complete game we have had in our two years here," Head Coach Vince Alexander. "Our guys executed on both ends of the floor and that's what we've been trying to get them to do all year. We ask them to move the ball, and that's what they did tonight. They shared the ball, and it was nice to bounce back from the loss last Wednesday. We had 26 assists, and that is nice to see that they worked hard and shared the ball."

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 97 | Florida Tech 76
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 12-12, 6-8 SSC | FIT 12-12, 5-10 SSC

1H | Saint Leo opened the period with a dunk by Antoine Tobias off a lob from Marcus Dewberry, and that opening sequence foreshadowed the entire half. Tobias was a perfect six for six from the field, and three of three from long range in the period, while Dewberry dished out nine assists to his shooter. The momentum those two Lions were radiating drove the rest of the squad. Saint Leo shot a blistering 74.1-percent from the field in the first half, hitting 20 shots on 27 attempts, and they connected on 10 three's on 14 attempts for a 71.4-percentage from long range. Despite the Lions' hot shooting, the Panthers were able to keep it within five-point for the first 10 minutes of the game, but after a Dewberry three, the Lions gained an 11 point advantage that would not be erased. | Saint Leo 52-35.

2H | In the second period of action, the Lions extended their lead. The Lions were able to climb to lead of over 20, including the largest lead of 27 points, which first occurred on an empathetic statement dunk by Junior Searcy. Florida Tech took 19 free throws in the second half, sinking 11 of their attempts, and they only committed two turnovers in the period as well, but they were unable to cut into the Lions lead as Saint Leo shot 64.3-percent from the field. The Panthers got 13 points from their bench in the second half, while Saint Leo only saw nine points come from their subs. | Saint Leo 97-76

Points to Note

  • This was the Lions best shooting performance of the season, surpassing the previous high by over 16-percent.
  • Five Lions scored in double figures, Tobias with 26, Dewberry with 19, Justin Satchell and Tyreece Bryce both added 15, while Junior Searcy tallied 11 off the bench. 
  • Saint Leo out-rebound Florida Tech, 38-21.
  • Saint Leo dished out 26 assists as a team, a season high. 
  • The Lions finished with 17 turnovers, while Florida Tech only had five.

Next Up
Saint Leo heads south to take on Palm Beach Atlantic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in a 7:30 p.m. battle.

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