Men's Basketball Falls to Saint Leo

Karega Tucker scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half as Barry fell to Saint Leo at home. Photo by: JC Ridley
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Barry University men’s basketball team (6-13, 0-7 SSC) dropped their second straight Sunshine State Conference match-up by six points or less, this time falling 78-72 to the Saint Leo Lions (8-9, 2-5 SSC) at the Health & Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.
 
Despite the Bucs shooting 52.7 percent (29 of 55) from the field, Saint Leo hit 11 three pointers and were 19 of 24 from the free throw line to edge Barry at home.
 
Chad Bishop matched his career-high 20 points to lead the Buccaneers. Karega Tucker followed with 18 points, while Willie Whitfield came off the bench to score 12. Jeff Willis led the Bucs on the boards with eight rebounds.
 
Saint Leo’s Jordan Prais hit eight of nine from the field and was six-for-six at the free throw line for a game-high 22 points, while collecting eight rebounds. Dusty Driggs added 15 points, while Thomas Kaiser followed with 11.
 
Barry jumped out to an early 10-6 lead early in the first half, but the Lions went on a 17-4 run to claim a 23-14 lead with 10:33 remaining. Barry managed to reclaim the lead 35-34 on a layup by Karega Tucker at the 1:15 mark, but Saint Leo’s Jordan hit the final shot of the half to give the Lions a 36-35 lead at the intermission and led the rest of the game.
 
The Buccaneers will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30 facing the Nova Southeastern Sharks at 7:30 pm in conference action.
 
Newspaper Box Score
Saint Leo vs Barry
01/26/08 4:00 pm at Miami Shores, FL (Health & Sports Center)
 
SAINT LEO 78, BARRY 72
 
SAINT LEO (8-9, 2-5 SSC)
PRAIS, Jordan 8-9 6-6 22; DRIGGS, Dusty 5-12 0-0 15; KAISER, Thomas 3-3 2-2
11; CULLOP, Quentin 2-5 3-4 9; POWELL, Brandon 2-6 4-6 9; ROWLAND, Kyle 2-8
2-2 6; ESHESIMUA, George 1-3 1-2 3; SHARPER, Eric 1-1 1-2 3; BANKS, Jonathan
0-7 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 19-24 78.
 
BARRY (6-13, 0-7 SSC)
BISHOP, Chad 8-15 1-2 20; TUCKER, Karega 6-14 5-7 18; WHITFIELD, Willie 6-6
0-2 12; MADYUN, Jamaal 2-4 0-0 6; WILLIS, Jeff 3-5 0-0 6; DE LA VEGA, Uli
2-5 0-0 4; LAZO, Gabe 1-3 0-0 3; LEIBOVICH, Martin 1-2 0-0 3; CHIVERTON,
Bryan 0-0 0-0 0; ASTIGARRAGA, Bryan 0-1 0-0 0; UZ, Chris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals
29-55 6-11 72.
 
Saint Leo.....................   36   42  -   78
Barry.........................   35   37  -   72
 
3-point goals--Saint Leo 11-26 (DRIGGS, Dusty 5-10; KAISER, Thomas 3-3;
CULLOP, Quentin 2-5; POWELL, Brandon 1-4; BANKS, Jonathan 0-3; ROWLAND, Kyle
0-1), Barry 8-22 (BISHOP, Chad 3-8; MADYUN, Jamaal 2-3; TUCKER, Karega 1-5;
LEIBOVICH, Martin 1-1; LAZO, Gabe 1-3; DE LA VEGA, Uli 0-1; WILLIS, Jeff
0-1). Fouled out--Saint Leo-None, Barry-None. Rebounds--Saint Leo 34 (PRAIS,
Jordan 8), Barry 29 (WILLIS, Jeff 8). Assists--Saint Leo 15 (DRIGGS, Dusty
5), Barry 21 (DE LA VEGA, Uli 8). Total fouls--Saint Leo 13, Barry 16.
Technical fouls--Saint Leo-None, Barry-None. A-513
 

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