TAMPA, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team was firing on all cylinders in its first game of 2012 as the Lions trounced the host University of Tampa Spartans 63-45 in Sunshine State Conference action from the Bob Martinez Sports Center on Wednesday night. It was a needed win that improved the Lions to 7-5 overall and gave Head Coach Lance Randall the first SSC win of his career as Saint Leo now stands at 1-1 in conference. Tampa falls to 4-8 overall and is still searching for their first win in conference play at 0-3.
It was a game where the Lions took an 8-5 early deficit and pushed a 23-0 run into a 28-8 halftime advantage, with many of the shots coming in thrilling fashion from both Shaun Adams and Marcus Ruh. The game was elementary after that point with the Lions keeping the margin around 20 points for the entire final 20 minutes.
The Lions made 22 free throws and held Tampa to 15 percent shooting in the opening half. Once all the elements combined, the Lions' lineup proved to be too much for the hosts from Tampa.
Adams was the game's top performer on both sides as he finished the night with 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting and was a remarkable 13-of-13 from the free throw line. He also had a season-high five blocks, five assists and three steals to go along with a team-leading seven rebounds. Ruh finished the evening with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting and had six assists.
Dominant in the middle; Tom Neary added 10 points in just 13 minutes of court time.
Struggling on offense the entire night, Tampa was led by Ryan Kidd who bucketed 12 points.
The Lions will look to keep the hot hand on the road as they travel to Melbourne, Fla. on Saturday to face Florida Tech in another Sunshine State Conference battle. The Lions and Panthers are set to tip-off at 4 p.m. in the Clemente Center on the FIT campus. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.