Saint Leo, Fla. (December 6, 2006) – Quentin Cullop (Fr., Winter Haven, Fla.) scored a career and game-high 18 points, and Saladeem Dewberry (Fr., Calypso, N.C.) added a career-high 16 in his collegiate debut to lead the Saint Leo men’s basketball team (3-4) to an 88-61 win over visiting Warner Southern College (4-3) on Wednesday night.
Saint Leo freshman forward Jordan Prais (Lakeland, Fla.) was also just one rebound shy of his first career double-double, as he finished the night with 11 points and nine rebounds. Cullop and Dewberry were a combined 11-of-13 from the field, including a 4-of-5 shooting performance by Cullop from beyond the three-point arch.
Marco De La Cruz led Warner Southern with 13 points in defeat, while Errol Porteous had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
A hard fought first half featured 12 lead changes and five ties, as the two teams both shot well from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The Lions eventually took a 40-34 lead into the locker room, as they closed on a 5-0 run to open their largest lead to that point.
SLU carried the momentum into the second half, scoring the first five points and nine of the first 11 for a 13-point lead with 14:52 left to play. The game was put out of reach with an 11-2 Saint Leo run that gave the Lions a 65-54 advantage with 7:43 remaining. The lead grew to as much as 30 points down the stretch.
Saint Leo was red hot from the field as a team, shooting 60.4% (29-of-48), including 53.3% (8-of-15) in three-point field goals. The Lions also held the rebounding advantage 35-25 in the contest.
Saint Leo will return to action this weekend, when it opens the 2006-07 Sunshine State Conference schedule at home against Nova Southeastern University. Opening tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9.