Harrison Leads Knights as Men’s Basketball Rallies From 26-Point Deficit to Stun Saint Leo
Railing by 26 points, their largest margin of the season, the Fighting Knights of Lynn University’s men’s basketball team rallied in the second half to defeat Saint Leo (12-13), 70-67, on Saturday evening. The Blue & White improves to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in Sunshine State Conference action while handing the Lions their ninth loss of SSC play. Lynn sweeps SLU in league play for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
The Lions jumped out to an early 7-0 lead capitalizing on three Fighting Knights turnovers in the early minutes of play. SLU would continue to extend its lead holding an 11-point advantage, 18-7, with 9:19 on the clock after a trey by Cale Griten. At 7:06 Harrison’s layup put Lynn within nine, 18-9, but Saint Leo would go on a 17-0 run to lead by 26, 35-9, with 1:50 remaining in the half. The Fighting Knights closed out the half on an 8-0 run to trail by 18 points, 35-17, at halftime.
Cale Griten led all scorers with 14 points connecting on 4-of-5 shots from three-point range helping the Lions to shoot 56.5 percent from the field. Lynn shot just 24 percent from the field and was led by Harrison who had six points, three rebounds and three blocks in the half. SLU held a 35-17 advantage in rebounds and scored 14 points in the paint while leading the entire half.
Lynn brought the game within 10 by the 14:22 mark opening the second half on a 13-5 run. SLU maintained a double-digit cushion until Lynn cut the deficit to single-digits, 49-40, with a steal and slam dunk by Harrison at 9:39. Lynn trailed by 13, 56-43, with 7:21 remaining but didn’t give up.
The Fighting Knights brought the game within five after Vanderbilt Carpenter and Harrison made pairs of shots on consecutive trips to the free throw line at the two minute mark. Another steal and dunk by Harrison with 1:29 to play would make it a one possession game with Saint Leo leading 67-64. A layup by Pavle Raickovicwith 28 seconds to play would give Lynn its first lead of the game, 68-67.
Lynn’s defense was immaculate in the final minute of play forcing a pair of turnovers. After a pair of free throws by Harrison with seven seconds remaining, Saint Leo had a chance trailing the Blue & White by three but Devin Crisosto in-bounded the ball directly into the hands of Harrison to seal Lynn’s tenth SSC win of the season.
The Blue & White improved to shoot 45.7 percent from the field in the second half, with Harrison leading all scorers with 21 points. The Fighting Knights edged SLU 22-16 in boards and made eight steals in the final stanza.
Harrison had is second 27-point performance of the week in the victory. The senior guard from Atlanta, Ga., also added a team-high seven rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Ben Berry had ten points with a pair of treys and a team-best four assists while David Johnson added ten points and four boards.