TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Just three days after defeating the University of Miami, the Saint Leo University men's basketball team travelled to Tallahassee with the hopes of ending a tough preseason schedule with another win, but lightning did not strike twice as the Lions finished their 2012-13 exhibition season with a 65-56 loss to the Florida State Seminoles in Monday night action from the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla.
Striking first, the game's initial points came from the hand of Saint Leo's Shaun Adams less than 90 seconds in as he collected his first layup and put the Lions up 2-0. During the first few plays, the Lions surged ahead of the Seminoles thanks to a second field goal from Adams and a three-pointer from Chim Kadima, which gave Saint Leo a five point advantage within the first two minutes.
The Seminoles soon gathered themselves and launched an attack that put them ahead in the third minute and allowed the hosts to keep a steady lead for the entire contest.
While the final score fell in favor of their Division I hosts, the Lions had their fair share of opportunities throughout, but the timely shots did not find the bottom of the net as FSU managed pick up the win.
Both Shaun Adams and Trent Thomas led the Lions in scoring, notching 13 points, a number that was only beaten by one Seminole, Okaro White, who led Florida State's attack and scored 16 total points. Saint Leo's Tom Neary collected a game-high eight rebounds, while Thomas also held a game-high when he dropped in three 3-pointers.
The Lions will open the regular season on Friday, November 9, when they host Shorter University in a non-region showdown. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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