Perry scored the first five points of the second half, wiping out UC's 28-25 lead. He hit another 3-pointer to give Seton Hill the lead back at 35-33, and Kenyi scored the next two baskets on layups, one off a steal.
The lead stretched to nine points, 50-41 and 55-46, on Perry 3-pointers. UC's best late surge cut a 57-49 lead to 57-54, but that took way too much time (2 minutes, 21 seconds) and too many wasted possessions (three). There was just 1:29 left after Aleksander Kesic's layup cut the deficit to three.
Kenyi then scored his team's final five points, hitting two free throws with 1:19 left and converting a back-breaking three-point play with 49 seconds left. UC had no chance to tie or take the lead.
Xavier Humphrey scored 12 points to lead UC, but had just two after halftime. Robbie Dreher, the only player to shoot north of 50 percent, had 10 in 14 minutes.
Kesic went 2 of 8 from the floor, Humphrey 5 of 13 and Evan Faulker 2 of 12. Kesic and Faulkner fell victim to four of Leonard's blocks inside.
It was a far cry from the West Liberty game, when the Eagles drove inside and almost scored at will, whether by layups or free throws. As Downey tells it, UC was "out-toughed."
"Going soft. We were worried about that guy blocking shots; we told them about it," Downey said. "We preached 'get to [Leonard]' all week, he jumps at everything. He's going to jump out of the gym if you give him any kind of head fake or shot fake.
"You can't give shot-blockers space, and all we did in the first half was, one foot, flip it up, try to score over top of him, try to 'quick' it to the basket. And he sent it five or six times."
Now relegated to fifth place, the Eagles will try to bounce back at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against Wheeling Jesuit, also at King Gym.
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