February 23, 2013

Lions Cruise Past Rollins, Notch 20th Win of Season

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The men's basketball team dominated from start to finish on Saturday on the road against Rollins, beating the Tars 76-60 to notch their 20th win of the season—a program record. While the Lions improved their record to 20-5 and 12-3 in SSC play, Rollins fell to 17-7 and 9-5 in the conference. 

Jerrel Harris led the Lions with 23 points on 5-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds. Harris also went  10-of-10 from the free throw line. Trent Thomas dropped in 15 points while going 3-of-six from three.  Also scoring in double figures was Shaun Adams who contributed 13 points and Marcus Ruh who added 12.

Saint Leo came out on fire—shooting 44 percent from the field in the first half and 5-of-12 from behind the arc. Thomas led all scorers in the first half with 10 points. Harris also supplied some offensive output for the Lions in the first half after he went 3-of-6 from long range in the opening period.

In the first half the Lions defense held the Tars to just 27 percent shooting and allowed them to score just 18 first half points.

To open up the second half the Lions held the Tars scoreless for the first four minutes and were able to extend their lead to 20 points.

Saint Leo controlled the game but with just under five minutes to go, Rollins cut the lead to 10 at 58-48 in an attempt to make one final run at the Lions. The Lions stepped up in the next few minutes—hitting a few key shots to prevent Rollins from getting any closer than within eight of Saint Leo.

The Lions went 30-35 from the charity stripe tonight—including a handful down the stretch that sealed the win for Randall's club.

For the game the Lions shot 43.5 percent and 33 percent from behind the arc. The Tars did improve their shooting in the second half and ended the game shooting 38 percent from the field. 

Where the Lions really excelled this afternoon was converting Rollins' turnovers into points. Saint Leo outscored Rollins in points off of turnovers 28-8. 

The Lions get back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 27 when they welcome the Eckerd College Tritons to the Bowman Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.