Washington, D.C. (December 21, 2007) – The Saint Leo University men’s basketball team (5-3) defeated Columbia Union (0-9) by a score of 84-57 on Friday in the Lions’ first game of the UDC Christmas Classic in Washington, D.C.

The Lions got a third straight double-double from sophomore Jordan Prais (Lakeland, Fla.), as he had game highs with 19 points and 13 rebounds.  Dusty Driggs (Jr., Sharpsville, Ind.) added 14 points, while George Eshesimua (Sr., Miami, Fla.) scored 11 points and grabbed eight boards.

Columbia Union scored the first four points of the game, and after three ties the Lions took the lead for good on the strength of an 11-0 run.  The lead eventually grew to 19, which was the margin at the end of the first half.

The Lions’ lead hovered around 15 points throughout the majority of the second half, and a 10-2 run to finish the game gave Saint Leo the 27-point victory.

SLU held a commanding advantage in points scored in the paint, as the Lions outscored CU 46-16.  Saint Leo also held the rebounding edge with a 47-36 difference.  The Lions used their 18 offensive boards to post a 20-7 advantage in second-chance points.

Columbia Union was led by Maurice Stallion who scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in defeat.  Tim Turner joined Stallion in double figures with 11 points.

Saint Leo will wrap up the UDC Christmas Classic on Saturday when the Lions face the hosts from the University of the District of Columbia.  Opening tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.