SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team saw a 16-point advantage with just eight minutes left disappear as the Lions dropped a 70-66 decision to Nova Southeastern on Saturday afternoon in Sunshine State Conference action from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
After a back-and-forth start, the Lions rallied from a seven point hole late in the opening half to turn the tables on the visiting Sharks, managing to take a seven point lead into the halftime break. The half ended on a high note for the Lions as Quentin Cullop drained a jumper just as the period expired.
The Lions came out of the break and extended their lead over the visitors from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to as much as 16 points with just 8:15 on the clock as SLU looked to try to finish the game in their favor.
Just as in their contest against Lynn earlier in the week, the Lions’ hot shooting would cool in the final minutes while NSU would catch fire, outscoring the Lions 33-13 during that span.
As Nova Southeastern cut into the lead, the Lions had opportunities at the free throw line to widen the narrowing margin, or to tie the score, but each time Saint Leo came up short on the free shots and Nova Southeastern stole the win away.
In the loss, the Lions outshot NSU in every aspect, but Saint Leo’s 19 turnovers hurt SLU in the end.
Two Lions scored in double-digits in the loss as Cullop finished with 19 points and freshman Nate Johnson added 11.
Defensively, Walter Perkins pulled down 14 rebounds.
For Nova Southeastern, Teddy Tassy’s game-high 24 points helped spark the Sharks to the come-from-behind win.