Pensacola, Fla. (December 1, 2006) – The Saint Leo University men’s basketball team (2-3) was edged 74-71 by the University of West Florida (3-3) on Friday night at the Hatch Mott MacDonald Hoop Classic.

The Lions got 17-point performances from both Alleo Frazier (Gr., Tampa, Fla.) and Jordan Prais (Fr., Lakeland, Fla.), but were unable to overcome a game-high 27 points by West Florida guard Barry Durosier.  Prais also grabbed a game-high tying eight rebounds in the contest.

West Florida led by as many as 10 points in the opening half before a 9-0 run brought the Lions to within one point at 26-15.  The two teams eventually went into the half-time locker room tied at 36-36.

The Lions eventually pulled out to a six point lead late in the game, but the Argos scored 10 of the final 13 points to secure the win.  SLU senior J.J. Turner (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) missed a pair of three-pointers at the very end in an attempt to send the game into overtime.

Saint Leo will face Henderson State University tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. ET in the final day of action at the 2006 Hatch Mott MacDonald Hoop Classic.  The game will be broadcast live on the Saint Leo Athletics Audiocast Network. Visit SaintLeoLions.com for “Listen Live” links.