Lions Unable to Spear Fighting Knights in New Year's Eve Joust

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The visiting Lynn University Fighting Knights shot a red-hot 60 percent from the field as they upended the Lions in a 74-57 Sunshine State Conference final from the Marion Bowman Activities Center on New Year's Eve.

Back in action after an extended layoff, both teams were sluggish early with the Lions taking a 12 point lead by the first media timeout. The break seemed to favor the visitors from Boca Raton as they held Saint Leo scoreless for a seven minute span immediately after.  The 21-0 run Lynn (8-5, 2-0 SSC) would go on during that period proved to be the difference in the contest.

"I thought we started out well but we really lacked discipline and did a poor job running our stuff," Head Coach Lance Randal said of his team's post-Christmas performance. "We settled for jump shots and did a poor job on the offensive end. I thought our effort was poor; it was our worst effort of the year.  For the most part, it was Lynn's game after the first media timeout."

Two Lions ratcheted double figures in the loss with Shaun Adams posting a team high 16 points and Marcus Ruh adding 14 points. 

Michael Vidal connected on 7-of-8 shots and dropped in a game-high 18 points for the visiting Fighting Knights.

As a team, the Lions shot 20-for-50 (40%) from the field and were 7-of-20 (35%) from behind the 3-point arc.  Lynn was 28-for-46 (60.9%) shooting and 7-of-13 (53.8%) from behind the arc.  Lynn also outscored the Lions 10-0 in second-chance points and 27-16 in points off the bench.

Now into Sunshine State Conference play, the Lions will look to their first opponent of 2012 as they travel to face the University of Tampa on Wednesday, January 4.  Tip-off of the rivalry game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Martinez Sports Center on the UT campus.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics in 2012, visit SaintLeoLions.com.