SAINT LEO, Fla. – Sophomore center Matt Kendrick used every bit of his seven-foot frame as he bucketed 24 points and helped push the Saint Leo men’s basketball team to an 81-60 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in non-conference action at the Bowman Center on Friday evening.
A contest that looked good on paper turned out to be rather one-sided as the Lions (8-2) managed to out-pace the visiting Sailfish (7-5) by playing a fast up-and-down game. It turned into a contest that only saw two tie scores while the Lions never surrendered the lead as SLU opened the game on an 11-0 run that set the tempo.
Palm Beach Atlantic would draw even with 10:31 to go in the first half; SLU would turn on the offensive machines, outscoring PBA 22-9 for the remainder of the half. The Lions would take a 44-31 advantage into the break and only extend the gap even larger in the second period.
Averaging a point every minute (24 points in 24 minutes) Kendrick impressed with his accuracy from the field, going 12-for-14 and pulling down six rebounds. Guard Dominick Robinson was second in scoring with 14 points, connecting on four 3-pointers.
Senior guard Quentin Cullop added 12 points as he also hit four treys in the game and was 4-for-9 from the field.
As a team, the Lions blistered the nets with a 53.2 percent (33-of-62) average from the field and hit true on 44 percent (11-for-25) of their 3-pointers.
While a majority of the extra statistics were fairly equal between the two teams, the one glaring difference was at Kendrick’s position, where the Lions outscored Palm Beach Atlantic 38-to-22 in the paint.
Marking the final game of the 2010 portion of their season as completed, the Lions now take their 8-2 overall mark into a long break for Christmas. After Christmas, and the New Year’s celebration, the Lions return to the Bowman Center on January 2, 2011 when they face Lynn University in Sunshine State Conference action. Saint Leo and the Fighting Knights are scheduled to tip-off the Sunday afternoon game at 4:00 p.m.