SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season behind a 99-84 victory over Trinity College (Fla.) in the Lions’ home opener at the Marion Bowman Activities Center on Tuesday evening.
The Lions nearly reached the 100-point plateau for the first time in almost exactly three years behind twin 14-point efforts from sophomore Matt Kendrick and freshman Anthony Mason.
Kendrick returned from his 23-point effort against Delta State last weekend as he connected on 5-of-7 shots from the floor and went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. His 14 points were complimented with six rebounds, two assists and a block in only 17 minutes.
As far as Mason, the highly touted newcomer came off the bench to shoot 6-of-13 and snag seven boards. He managed to blister the visitors for his 14 points in just 12 minutes.
Two other Lions hit double figures in points as senior Jeremy Jackson bucketed 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting and Matt Salay was 4-for-10 from the field with two 3-pointers for a 10-point evening.
As a team, the Lions shot 54.2 percent (39-of-72) from the floor and 29.2 percent (7-of-14) from behind the three-point line in the win.
Trinity guard Alton Honors II led the visitors from New Port Richey, Fla. with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Honors also connected on six 3-pointers in the contest, helping the guests shoot 38.5 percent from behind the big arc.
The marks the second year where the Lions handed Trinity an early-season defeat, this season adding one more point to the total as Saint Leo was on the right side of a 98-52 victory in 2009.
Saint Leo will next head to the Big Apple as the Lions participate in the Molloy Lions Classic. Saint Leo will first square off against Franklin Pierce University on Friday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Quealy Gymnasium on the campus of Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y.