Tampa, Fla. (October 31, 2007) – The Saint Leo University men’s basketball team opened its exhibition season with a 99-70 loss at Division I University of South Florida on Wednesday night at USF’s Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla.

The Lions got a team-high 21 points from junior guard Dusty Driggs (Sharpsville, Ind.), as he was 7-12 from beyond the three-point arch.  Kyle Rowland (Jr., North Port, Fla.) and Jordan Prais (So., Lakeland, Fla.) added 11 points apiece in the loss.

USF was led by Dominique Jones who scored a game-high 23 points in the win for the Bulls.  Chris Howard added 18 points for the home team with Dante Curry (15 points) and Kentrell Gransberry (11 points) rounding out a quartet in double figures.

After Saint Leo had opened the game by hitting its opening five field goals and taking a 13-10 lead, USF responded with a 14-0 run and eventually opened up a lead that grew to as much as 26 points.  The 26-point margin was the difference at half-time with USF ahead 51-25 at the break.

Saint Leo opened the second half with a 16-5 run to make it a 15-point game.  However, the Bulls again pulled away and led by as much as 31 points in the second half.

Overall, USF outrebounded Saint Leo 39-19 and shot 60.3% from the field for the game.  The Lions shot 46.9% from the field, including 60.9% in the second half.  The Lions buried 10 three-pointers compared to six for the Bulls.

The Lions will travel to Orlando, Fla. on Saturday to face the University of Central Florida in another exhibition game.  Opening tip is schedule for 11:00 a.m.