ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – What was shaping up to be a miracle comeback for the Saint Leo men's basketball team ran out of gas as the Lions dropped a 61-57 overtime decision to Eckerd College in Sunshine State Conference basketball action on Wednesday night from the McArthur Center.
As the second half wound down, it did not look as if the Lions (12-4, 5-2 SSC) would be pushing toward their fourth consecutive overtime game as they were staring at a 10 point deficit with three minutes to play. At that point, the host Tritons (10-4, 4-3 SSC) went completely cold from the field and the free throw line, going scoreless for the remainder of the period. Saint Leo would rally with the biggest shot coming from Marcus Ruh whose leaning three point shot hit true to tie the game with 41 seconds left.
Saint Leo took a brief overtime lead, but a bucket and foul by Darrien Mack would put Eckerd up by three, a gap that the Lions could not overcome.
After being held scoreless in the first half, Ruh stormed back in the second and the extra session to score a team-leading 14 points. A basket behind him was Jerrel Harris and Chim Kadima who both scored 12 points. Kadima came off the bench to shoot 6-for-9 from the field to help keep the Lions in the game.
Mack led the victorious Tritons with a game-high 22 points and was one of three EC players in double figures.
The Lions look to rebound when they return home to face the SSC's top team in No. 17 Rollins College on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.