SAINT LEO, Fla. – Junior forward Jordan Prais had an outstanding night as he helped lead the Saint Leo University men’s basketball team to a 93-84 win over Florida College on Thursday night at the Bowman Center. The win snaps the Lions’ four-game skid and gets SLU back to .500 at 4-4 on the season.
The win did not come as easily as many Lions’ fan thought as the visiting Falcons (5-5) tied the score six times through the course of the 40 minute contest, including jumping out to an early three-point advantage through the first five minutes of play.
Saint Leo regained their shooting touch and immediately went on a 10-0 run that gave them a lead they held until FC went up 27-25 with 7:29 remaining in the first half.
After that point, it was a back-and-forth battle throughout the remainder of the half until SLU closed it out with a 7-2 run to take a five point lead into the lockers.
An explosion of offense in the second half saw Saint Leo post a double-digit lead as early as the 19:14 mark. The Lions opened the lead up to as much as 15 points with just three minutes left to play before Florida College began to rally.
A 18-7 run over the next two minutes saw FC cut the Lions’ lead down to just four points before the SLU defense shut the Falcons’ scoring machine down for the final 97 seconds.
Lead by Prais, every Lions’ starter was in double figures with Quentin Cullop and Matt Salay dropping in 15 points each. Kyle Rowland added 13 and Josue Vazquez barely made it into double-digits with 10 points.
The Lions shot 50 percent (33-for-66) from the field as a team and 45 percent (9-for-20) from three-point range. Saint Leo University’s struggles came from the free-throw line as they were 18-for-34 (53 percent) in foul shot opportunities.
It’s now off to the great Northwest for the Lions as they travel to Seattle, Wash. to face Seattle Pacific University on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EST and is the first of four games the Lions will play in another time zone. The Lions will follow the game in Seattle with a week’s worth of contests in Alaska.