Saint Leo, Fla. – Senior Fred Landers reached 1,000 career points early in the first half on Saturday, but the Lynn University men's basketball team fell 93-90 in overtime against Saint Leo in a pivotal Sunshine State Conference showdown.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Saint Leo 93, Lynn 90 (Overtime)
Records: Saint Leo (15-8, 8-5 SSC), Lynn (10-10, 4-8 SSC)
Location: Marion Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Series: Lynn leads 33-10
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HOW IT HAPPENED
- First Half: Defense prevailed in the first four minutes of the game, as the night's first media timeout saw Saint Leo leading 4-3. After the Fighting Knights took the first lead when Allen Baez connected on a jumper to put Lynn in front 15-14, Lynn wouldn't trail again until the first basket of the overtime period. It was apparent early on that Landers was in for yet another big night, as the Ft. Lauderdale senior scored 11 points in 13 first-half minutes. The Blue and White shot just north of 48% from the floor and carried a 41-35 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
- Second Half: Landers teamed up with Ben Berry and David Johnson to score the first 14 Lynn points of the second chapter, with Johnson highlighting the stretch with treys on back-to-back possessions. The Lions went on a 12-0 run to claw their way back into the game and cut the Fighting Knight lead to one, but Berry again silenced the crowd with a trifecta. Lynn led up until the one-minute mark, when Lion guard Tyreece Brice pulled the trigger on a three-ball to tie the game at 81. Saint Leo was able to get a final look after forcing a Lynn turnover, but Marcus Dewberry's aggressive layup was ruled a charge and his fifth foul of the game.
- Overtime: The Lions scored the first four points of the extra period without their leading scorer, but Berry answered the call with his third big three-pointer of the night. After a stretch that saw Saint Leo outscore Lynn 6-3, Landers cut the deficit to one with a three of his own. Lynn was forced to foul down the stretch, however, and the Lions escaped Saturday night with a 93-90 overtime win.
STATS FROM THE GAME:
- Landers led all scorers with 31 points and finished a rebound shy of a double-double.
- Johnson added 18 points, while Berry and Russell Wilson each reached double-figures to combine for 25 points.
- Berry added a game-high 11 rebounds to help Lynn win the battle of the boards by a 51-39 margin.
- Brice ended the night with 21 points to lead the Lions, while Dewberry was a close second with 17.
- Lynn shot 47% from the floor, besting the 40.5% clip the Lions posted.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Landers became the 11th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points and the first since Chris Hall (2007-2011).
- Saturday was the third time this season Landers has scored 30 or more points. In two games against Saint Leo this season, Landers has averaged 31.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
The Fighting Knights return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 10, when they make the short trip to take on Palm Beach Atlantic University. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm.