Heart of a Lion; Botley Nails Game Winner as Men’s Basketball Escapes Saint Leo

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Senior Marquan Botley locked in when it mattered most on Wednesday night, bringing his team back within one before knocking down the game-winning corner three-pointer with under five seconds to play. The Lynn University men's basketball team escaped with a thrilling 70-68 second-half-comeback victory over the Saint Leo Lions in Sunshine State Conference action. Botley scored the final five points of the night and finished with a team-high 21.

Final: Lynn 70, Saint Leo 68
Records: Lynn (9-5, 4-3 SSC), Saint Leo (7-9, 2-5 SSC)
Location: de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 34-10
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  • Botley had a strong first half with 11 points, but fell cold from beyond the arc throughout the first 15 minutes of the second stanza. The senior caught fire down the closing stretch, scoring eight of Lynn's final nine points. He finished with 21 points and three assists.
  • Guard Allen Baez was the team's leading rebounder with a career-high six while also boasting a team-high in the assist column (6). He tacked on six points and a steal in 31 minutes of action.
  • Vieux Kande joined Botley in double figures with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting (5-of-6 FT) and brought down five boards.
  • After a strong shooting performance in the first half from both teams, the second half saw both sides struggle to find the bottom of the net with only a combined 53 points scored.
  • Saint Leo's Antoine Tobias notched the game-high in points with 23 behind an impressive 9-of-11 performance from the field. He was averaging just 3.7 points per game entering the night.
  • Ball control played a critical role as Lynn turned the rock over only eight times (ties season low) while forcing the Lions into 16 turnovers. 
  • Lynn has won eight of its last 10 games.
  • Three of the last four games between Lynn and Saint Leo have been decided by three points or less.
  • Saint Leo suffered its second consecutive loss for the first time since the season-opening weekend.

Lynn is back at home this Saturday, Jan. 14 for a 4 p.m. SSC matchup against Tampa.