Dec. 1, 2006
PENSACOLA, Fla. - For the second time in four days, a West Florida men's basketball game went down to the wire. Only this time Don Hogan's Argos found themselves in the winners column, 74-71 in game two of tonight's Hatch Mott MacDonald Hoop Classic.
Richard Blue and J.J. Turner of Saint Leo (2-3) each misfired on their three-point attempts that would have tied the game on the Lion's final possession, and West Florida (3-3) survived a late second half deficit to pull out the win.
The Lions snapped a tie by scoring six straight points to post a 66-60 lead with 6:34 remaining. West Florida responded by outscoring the Lions, 14-5, down the stretch. The run was spirited by a Barry Durosier (Orlando, Fla./Niagara Univ.) three pointer, and an assist on Lucas Evangelista's (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Tallahassee CC) lay-up to put the Argos on top, 70-68. Eric Sharper's lay-up tied the game with 1:32 left to play. Deondre Boynton's (Pompano Beach, Fla./North Broward Prep) jumper gave UWF the lead for good with 39 seconds on the clock. Boynton's basket was followed by a Marcus Grant (Axis, Ala./Faulkner State CC) technical foul. Alleo Frazier made 1-of-2. Durosier was fouled immediately, and knocked down both free-throws to put UWF ahead by three.
Durosier, last week's Gulf South Conference Player of the Week, tallied a game high 29 points, including 4-for-7 from three-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. Boynton tossed in 16 points and Evangelista chipped in with nine points and eight boards. Frazier and Jordan Prais each scored 17 points to lead Saint Leo. Prais pulled down eight rebounds. Blue added 11 points. The Argos shot 60.0 percent in the second half to Saint Leo's 36.4 shooting percentage. Saint Leo outrebounded West Florida, 41-32, including 20-10 in offensive boards.
West Florida scored their first eight points of the game from the free-throw line. Durosier's lay-up at the 14:46 mark of the first half was UWF's first field, and it put the Argos ahead, 10-7. Frazier's three tied the game, but UWF rallied with nine unanswered points. The run was highlighted by a pair of three's from Vitor Boccardo (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil/Loyola Marymount). West Florida extended their lead to 26-16 before the Lions rattled off nine unanswered points of their own. The teams traded buckets for the rest of the first half, and Saint Leo scored the final four points on a pair of free-throws from Frazier and a jumper by Prais. The game was tied at 36-36 at halftime.
The slow pace of the first half was caused by the abundance of fouls called. Twelve personal fouls were called on Saint Leo to UWF's 11. The Argos were 12-for-20 from the line, while the Lions were 8-for-11. Durosier led West Florida with 12 first half points. Grant had eight points and four assists. Boccardo added seven points off the bench. Frazier paced the Lions with 10 first half points.
West Florida hosts Nova Southeastern tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in day two of the Hatch Mott MacDonald Hoop Classic. Nova Southeastern defeated Henderson State earlier this evening, 66-59. Henderson State and Saint Leo play tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.