February 4, 2012

Lions Trounce SSC’s Top Team in 73-63 Triumph over FIT

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team hit 11 three-point baskets and fought down the stretch as the Lions handed the Sunshine State Conference's top team, Florida Tech, a 73-63 defeat in conference action on Saturday afternoon from the Bowman Center.

"Florida Tech made their run and we got sloppy with the ball in the mid-stretch, but we pushed the lead back up and we kept it at three possessions for the last couple minutes," Head Coach Lance Randall said.  "Obviously, playing without Trent Thomas, a lot of guys had to step up.  Marcus (Ruh) was huge tonight on both sides of the ball.  Dom (Robinson) hit some big threes, and Spenser (Mitchell) and Tom (Neary) were very good defensively inside and Shaun (Adams) rebounded and kept them at bay. Obviously, Regis' (Schafer) threes were big as well."

"It was a gutsy performance and a much-needed win."

The Lions came out and battled with Florida Tech (15-5, 7-4 SSC) from the opening tip as neither team could take more than a seven point advantage in the opening 20 minutes.  The back-and-forth battle continued to the halftime horn with the Lions taking a 30-29 lead into the lockers despite FIT having two chances to take the lead before the clock expired.

The second half saw Saint Leo (10-10, 4-6 SSC) gain a slim advantage with under 10 minutes to play.  The Lions would connect on three triples in the next four minutes to take an eight-point lead.  With less than three minutes left, the visitors from Melbourne were forced to put the Lions at the line where Saint Leo hit 7-of-8 free throws to finish off the win.

It was an impressive offensive performance for the Lions as five players reached double-figures with Ruh hitting five treys and scoring 18 points.  Robinson was one point behind his teammate and Adams finished with 14 points on 3-of-4 shooting where eight of his points came from the charity stripe.  Schafer added 12 points and Neary 10 in the win.

Anthony Jackson came off the bench to bucket 24 points for the former league-leaders.

The Lions will now square off with their archrival, the University of Tampa on Wednesday, February 8. Tip-off between the Lions and Spartans is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Bowman Center.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.