SAINT LEO, Fla. – Despite the rowdy crowd and the good atmosphere supporting the home team, little could stop the Eckerd College Tritons as they rolled into Saint Leo and handed the Lions an 82-58 defeat in Sunshine State Conference action at the Marion Bowman Activities Center on Wednesday night.
Shooting just 36 percent (21-of-59) from the field, the Lions held a lead in the opening moments of the contest, but Eckerd (13-4, 4-3 SSC) took control of the game with a Dale Carn layup at the 15:32 mark of the first half and the Tritons didn’t look back.
Keeping the game close, Saint Leo (9-7, 1-5 SSC) would see the visitors from St. Petersburg gain as much as a nine point lead in the first half, but SLU would not allow the advantage to get any greater. Fighting for that rally that would bring the Lions back into contention, Saint Leo would stare at just a seven point deficit as the team headed into halftime.
It would be a different story in the second half as Eckerd blistered the nets, shooting 63 percent in the stanza and gaining as much as a 30-point advantage on the Green and Gold which quickly tilted the game in the favor of the visitors and sent the pro-SLU crowd home unhappy.
Three Lions would inch into double figures in scoring as Jeremy Jackson racked up 11 points while Walter Perkins and Matt Kendrick would both hit the 10-point mark in the loss. Perkins would take home the team title in rebounding as well pulling down eight boards in the loss.
The Tritons would see twin 16-point efforts as Carn and John Harper each posted game-highs in points and led Eckerd to the win.
Entering the bye weekend in Sunshine State Conference, the Lions would look to break their recent losing streak when they face Florida College on Saturday afternoon. The Lions and Falcons are scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon in the Bowman Center.