Dewberry’s career-high not enough in men’s basketball loss at Rollins

Dewberry’s career-high not enough in men’s basketball loss at Rollins

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Saint Leo ended their 2016-17 campaign with an 82-74 setback at Rollins in Warden Arena behind a new career-high from senior Marcus Dewberry. The Lions say farewell to five seniors – Necdet Gurkan, Trail Pierce, Justin Satchell, Elijah Blackman and Dewberry – who have left a mark in the program's history.

After a lop-sided fouling affair in Winter Park, the Lions finished with a 12-16, 6-12 Sunshine State Conference record on the year. In the loss to Rollins, the Lions were called for 25 fouls and received seven attempts from the free throw line where the Tars were called for 11 fouls and went to the charity stripe 30 times, connecting on 21.

"It was a very disappointing season," Head Coach Vince Alexander mentioned following the final game of the year. "But it's part of basketball, it's going to happen. It happens to the best teams in the country."

Alexander added "We will use this season to learn from and grow as players and coaches moving forward. Congratulations to all of our seniors, I will miss them tremendously and best of luck to them as they continue their paths after Saint Leo."

Dewberry finished with 37 points on the night on 13-22 shooting and 5-12 from downtown. Dewberry added a 6-6 mark from the free-throw line. Justin Satchell scored 21 points in the loss on 7-16 shooting from the field, which included 7-15 from three-point territory while hauling in six rebounds.

Tyreece Brice wrapped up his junior season with eight points and nine assists. Four other Lions scored two points in the contest in Antoine Tobias, Lawrence Watt, Davon Payne and Junior Searcy.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 74 | Rollins 82
Location: Warden Arena | Winter Park, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 12-16, 6-12 SSC | Rollins 18-10, 12-6 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | Justin Satchell started things off with a three-pointer to give the Lions a 3-0 lead before the Tars charged back and went out to a 12-3 lead with 15:06 to play. Marcus Dewberry cut it to 12-10 after he went on a 7-0 run himself before Rollins' Jack Fleming ended the run with a three-pointer. Saint Leo would gain the lead, 18-17, with 10:36 to play on a Satchell three before Dewberry and Satchell paced the Lions for the next 10:09 of action holding the Lions in front 43-32 before Junior Searcy joined the duo in scoring with a layup with 27 seconds remaining moving Saint Leo ahead 45-32. Dewberry owned 25 of the Lions 45 first half points on 9-15 shooting. Dewberry connected on three three-pointers and four free throws in the first half alone. Satchell went 6-9 from downtown totaling his 18 first half points. | Saint Leo 45-32 |

2H | Dewberry was right back at it as he scored the first points in the second half with a three-pointer. Brice joined the trio in scoring with a three-pointer with 18:36 left, pushing the Lions up 51-34, their largest lead of the game. The Lions maintained the lead before the Tars were able to whittle away at the deficit over the next 12:00 of action, trailing by one with 6:36 to play. Once the Tars took the lead, the Lions would get as close as one point, 69-68, but Rollins would fend off the Green and Gold for the final four minutes of the game before going on for the eight-point victory. Dewberry added 12 points in the second half as Brice scored eight second half points. The Lions scored just 29 points in the second half compared to the Tars 50 points. | Rollins 82-74 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo ended its season with a 12-16 record and a 6-12 mark in the SSC.
  • The Lions send off five seniors: Necdet Gurkan, Trail Pierce, Justin Satchell, Elijah Blackman and Marcus Dewberry.  
  • Dewberry scored 37 points in the loss, a new career-high surpassing his previous high of 35 points, as Satchell scored 21 points in their final game of their collegiate careers. Dewberry has scored 35-plus points in four games while surpassing the 30 point total 11 times in his career as he has scored in double-figures in 69 games.
  • Dewberry finished his four-year career at Saint Leo with 1,524 points, seventh all-time among Saint Leo's career leaders, 436 rebounds, 406 assists and 133 steals.
  • For Satchell, the 21 points pushed him to 975 points in his collegiate career and the six rebounds moved him to 471 in his three-year playing career.
  • As a team, the Lions shot 47.4% (27-57) from the floor with 39.4% (13-33) from downtown. Saint Leo finished a perfect 100% (7-7) from the free throw line.

For Rollins

  • The Tars improve to 18-10, 12-6 SSC after the win.
  • Four players scored in double-figures for the Tars led by Sam Philpott with 18 points off the bench. Jeff Merton finished with 16 points, Eric Castaneda had 14 and Joey Galvis scored 10.
  • As a team, the Tars shot 40.9% (27-66) from the field, 38.9% (7-18) from downtown and 70% (21-30) from the charity stripe.
  • The Tars bench outscored the Lions bench 45-6 to help the Tars come back and win the game.

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