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Lakewood stymies St. Petersburg in win

By JEREMY WRITT
Published February 5, 2005


ST. PETERSBURG - The Green Devils needed a perfect night to upset the host Spartans. But St. Petersburg was nowhere near perfect and ended up nowhere near Lakewood, losing 92-62.

A win would have kept St. Petersburg (16-7) in the running for a chance to represent the South in the PCAC Championship.

"You run into a great team like Lakewood and you can't do some of the things we did like turn the basketball over," St. Petersburg coach Chris Blackwell said. "It seemed like you were playing against six or seven guys out there."

Lakewood (21-1) scored in transition and off turnovers all night. All five Spartan starters scored in double digits, led by sophomore Edward Nixon who led the way with 19 points.

Senior guard Brian Caruthers got 12 of his 18 points on 3-pointers in the first quarter. Mario Telfair score 10 in the second half and 15 total and Sean Morrison had 12. St. Petersburg got 21 points out of Marquis Ford but only one other Green Devil reached double digits.

Fellow guard Christian Boyle scored 11 but they were offset by numerous turnovers that led to easy Lakewood baskets.

"That's our forte," Lakewood coach Dan Wright said. "Our reputation is being a great defensive club. We don't run a whole lot of set plays. We do basically everything from the defense."