WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s basketball team could not recreate the magic they showed in December as the Lions fell to host Palm Beach Atlantic University on Saturday evening from Rubin Arena in south Florida.
Despite the Lions posting the game’s first three points, the Sailfish came out firing in the first-half as they never trailed and connected on 51.5 percent (17-of-33) of their shots to the tune of a 40-25 lead heading into the break. Saint Leo (11-15) was limited to only 26.9 percent (7-of-26) in the opening period while hitting only 2-of-9 shots from beyond the arc.
The second-half would not find much better luck for the Lions’ shooters as they managed only one three-pointer in 11 attempts while shooting slightly better from the field overall in the period with 38.9 percent of their shots being successful.
An even contest for much of the second-half, Palm Beach Atlantic (11-11) would take advantage of 16 SLU turnovers in the game for a 27-10 advantage on points off turnovers. Both teams went to the paint often in the game with each squad tallying a total of 30 points inside while benefiting from 19 points each in second-chance points.
Saint Leo was paced by 16 points from Dominick Robinson and 15 points from Saladeem Dewberry. Dewberry also pulled down 10 rebounds to mark his second double-double of the season.
Sophomore guard Dante Valentine produced a double-double for the Sailfish as his aggressive play on the boards led to 15 points and 14 rebounds while playing 36 minutes.
The Lions will return to Sunshine State Conference competition when they travel to St. Petersburg, Fla. and face Eckerd College on Wednesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the McArthur Center on the EC campus.