November 12, 2011

Lions Suffer First Setback in 54-42 Loss to Southern PolyTech

SAINT LEO, Fla. – After last night's euphoric season-opening win, the Saint Leo men's basketball team was quickly brought back to earth as the Lions were handed a 54-42 defeat by Southern PolyTech (Ga.) at the Bowman Center on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game that was decided from behind the big arc as the visiting Hornets (1-1) drained 11 treys and went 11-for-25 from behind the 3-point line.  Compared the Lions' lone 3-pointer, Southern Poly actually made more shots from 3-point range than they did from inside the zone.

The Lions (1-1) shot 43 percent (20-for-47) from the field, but were also cold from the charity stripe with just 1-of-6 free throws passing through the twine.  Add in 21 turnovers and it became a day where the visitors would hold the upper hand.

Two Lions reached double figures in scoring with Marcus Ruh bucketing a game-high 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting.  Going 5-for-10 from the field, Dominick Robinson tallied 10 points in the setback.

For Southern PolyTech, Bobby Smith and Tyrone Brinson scored 10 points each.

Saint Leo will try to rebound from their first loss when it travels to Valdosta, Ga. for their first game against NCAA Division II opponents when they face Valdosta State University on Tuesday evening.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. at The Complex on the VSU campus.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Men's Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.