St. Augustine, Fla. (December 1, 2007) – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team (3-1) fell 77-51 on the road to Flagler College (3-2) at the Flagler Gym on Saturday night.  The loss was the first for the Lions in 2007-08.

Saint Leo was led by junior Kyle Rowland (North Port, Fla.) who scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in defeat for the Lions.  Flagler guard Lyndon Merthie led all scorers with 19 points, while Bryan Borstelmann (17 pts., 12 reb.) and Ben De La Cruz (17 pts., 15 reb.) both had double-doubles in the win.

The Lions scored the first five points of the game, and led 13-12 with 12:05 left in the opening half.  However, Flagler took control of the contest with a 23-0 run and eventually led 48-20 at the half.

The Saints stretched the lead to a game-high 34 points early in the second half, and although Saint Leo outscored the home team 31-29 in the second frame the closest SLU could get was 24 points.

Flagler shot 44.3% from the field compared to 40.8% for Saint Leo and the Saints outrebounded the Lions 41-35.  Flagler also buried eight three-pointers compared to just one made three-point field goal on the night for Saint Leo.

Saint Leo will return home on Tuesday night to face Florida College in another non-conference game.  Opening tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Bowman Center.