SAINT LEO, Fla. – 6’10” freshman Matt Kendrick dropped in 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Saint Leo men’s basketball team posted a convincing 98-52 win over visiting Trinity College (Fla.) in non-conference action on Tuesday evening from the Bowman Center.
Although Kendrick came off the bench with 14 minutes left in the first period, he proceeded to dominate the floor. Leading a Lions’ bench that scored 62 points, the native of nearby Tampa, Fla., went 8-for-11 from the field while earning nine of his 14 boards from the offensive side of the ball. The exclamation point in his evening came with seven minutes remaining in the contest when he pulled down a Spencer Copeland miss and slammed the ball home, pushing the SLU lead to 35 points.
Kendrick was one of three Lions in double figures as Saint Leo had a 2-0 lead before a single second had elapsed. Trinity (0-1) did not follow proper pre-game NCAA protocol which resulted in a technical foul on the bench and Jamal Thompson drained two free-throws with 20 minutes on the clock.
Senior Jordan Prais and freshman Dominick Robinson both dropped in 12 points on a night where the Lions made 40 buckets, shooting 50 percent from the field (40-for-79).
The SLU defense also had a big night as they pulled down 53 rebounds, swiped 18 steals and blocked four shots. They also held the visiting Tigers from New Port Richey, Fla. to just 31 percent from the field (19-of-61).
Saint Leo will now hit the road for their second tournament of the season as they make their annual visit to Valdosta, Ga. to play in the Valdosta State Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Lions will face host Valdosta State on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. before taking on West Florida on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
Both games will be streamed live on the PENN Atlantic/Saint Leo AudioCast Network.