Orlando, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team (1-2) dropped the final game of the 2009 Disney Division II Tip-Off Classic to Philadelphia University, 78-67, Sunday evening from the Milk House Center at the Disney Wide World of Sports. At the end of the classic, Jordan Prais was named to the all-classic team.
Freshman Guard Dominick Robinson led all scorers with 13 points (5-for-8), while Prais and Jeremy Jackson totaled 11 points each. Prais also was relentless on the boards, pulling in a game-high seven rebounds. Josue Vazquez also had a solid outing, chipping in seven points (1-for-3) and adding three rebounds.
Saint Leo had a great start to the game as four different Lions scored in the first two minutes to give them an 8-2 lead. The Lions continued to find the basket as they maintained a 20-17 with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. However, the Rams went on their first big run of the game as they used a 12-0 run to give them their first lead of the game, 29-20, with five minutes to play in the first half. After Philadelphia extended the lead to ten, the Lions, led by the shooting of Jackson and Prais, sliced the lead to four with 1:46 to play. A last second tip-in gave the Rams a 40-33 lead going into the locker room.
Out of the break, Philadelphia ran off seven straight points to open up a 51-35 lead. The Lions refused to go away quietly though as they went on a 16-5 run of their own over the next six minutes of play to make the score 56-51. During the run, Robinson connected on three, three-point field goals and nine of the Lions 16 points. A pair of Prais free-throws cut the lead to four with 9:06 left in the game and a three-point field goal with six minutes left by Robinson left the Rams with only a three point lead. Unfortunately the Lions’ comeback attempt was for not as Philadelphia used the final six minutes of the game to score 14 of the final 18 points. The 11-point defeat was the Lions second of the classic but the team proved to be a formidable contender in each contest.
After blistering the nets Saturday night, the Lions cooled off a bit to shoot 38.6 percent (22-for-57) from the field. Philadelphia also held a slight advantage in the rebound department pulling down three more than SLU, 34-31. The Lions, however, did a tremendous job protecting the ball only turning it over eight times, while forcing the Rams into 13 defensive lapses.
Saint Leo will take the week off to prepare for the Warner University, as SLU prepares for their home opener on Tuesday, November 17th. Tip-off for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.