SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team rebounded from a recent two-game skid in a big way as the Lions dominated visiting Tuskegee University (Ala.) 87-51 in non-conference action from the Bowman Center on Sunday afternoon.
Playing in their final game before Christmas break, the Lions connected early and often. Holding the hot hand, the Lions (6-4) shot 58 percent (35-for-60) from the floor and dished out 15 assists. Another first for the Lions, Saint Leo went a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line, marking the first time the Lions have not missed from the charity stripe while attempting more than 10 shots in over a quarter-century.
"We scored because we defended well," Coach Lance Randall said about the Lions pre-Christmas victory. "We got back to what we do well in defending the half-court and we held them to 12 points in the first half. We were talking better than we did in the last couple games and we fed off of that on the offensive side of the ball."
He continued, "You worry about a letdown emotionally (with the Christmas break looming) but I was pleased with the way our guys responded, even without our leading scorer, and a lot of guys stepped up and made plays. It was a nice team win."
As with yesterday's game, four Lions scored in double figures with Dominick Robinson leading the way with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Marcus Ruh posted his first double-double of 2011, and the Lions' second in as many days, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Shaun Adams also chimed in with 11 points and Tom Neary was a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
Held to just 28 percent from the floor, the visiting Golden Tigers (1-4) were led by Kevin May whose four 3-pointers pushed him to an 18 point afternoon.
The Lions will now head into the Christmas holidays with a 12-day break to rest and prepare for the start of Sunshine State Conference play. They return to the Bowman Center floor on New Year's Eve when they host Lynn University in the Lions' initial SSC action of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Basketball during the Christmas holidays, visit SaintLeoLions.com.