SAINT LEO, Fla. - Senior Quentin Cullop became just the 21st player in Saint Leo men’s basketball history to surpass the 1,000 point plateau in the Lions’ 75-55 victory over the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras in pre-Thanksgiving action from the Bowman Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Coming into the contest four points shy of the magical mark, the guard drained a 3-pointer at the 7:32 mark of the first half to surpass 1,000 points and he finished with 11 points on the day, one of four Lions in double figures.
Despite a small rally in the second half by the visitors, Saint Leo (6-1) was firmly in control of the game from the opening tip. Draining eight treys in the contest, the Lions shot nearly 50 percent (29-of-59) from the field and were exactly 50 percent (8-of-16) from behind the 3-point line.
Holding Rio Piedras (0-3) to just 33 percent (19-of-57) shooting, SLU forced the visitors into committing 17 turnovers and hitting just five 3-pointers in the contest. An effective defensive strategy from the Green and Gold saw Hector Maldonado come off the bench to score 12 points as he was the only Gallito to bucket double-figures in the Lions’ victory.
For the Lions, Dominick Robinson and Matt Kendrick shared the game-high as each scored 13 points. Nate Johnson chimed in with 10 points in 10 minutes of action, marking the first time the freshman tallied double-digits in his young career.
Saint Leo now looks toward a 10-day break before heading into their first Sunshine State Conference competition of the season. Wrapping up the first quarter of the regular season with just one blemish, the Lions will begin the second quarter on the road as they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to face Florida Tech on Saturday, December 4th.
Tipoff between the Lions and Panthers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Clemente Center on the Florida Tech campus.