SEATTLE, Wash. – Hopefully, the opening game of the Saint Leo men’s basketball team’s four games in the Northwest will be the exception to the rule as host Seattle Pacific University made easy work of the Lions in a 92-67 loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions (4-5) managed to get an early lead over the Falcons, leading by as much as seven points in the first five minutes, but SPU would take their first lead of the contest at the 10:12 mark. After the Lions answered with an Anthony Gomez jumper to retake control, Seattle Pacific hit a three-pointer that gave them the lead for good.
After that point, it seemed that the Falcons would answer a Saint Leo basket with two of their own in quickly extending their lead to double-digits, and eventually by greater than 20 points.
The Lions did not have a poor defensive night, still managing 33 rebounds and four block shots, but when the host Falcons went 10-for-19 from the three-point line and 37-for-64 from the field, it would take in extraordinary offensive effort to stay with them, and unfortunately for the Lions, it was too much.
Seattle Pacific’s offensive production clicked to the tune of a 62 percent performance in the second half.
Jordan Prais and Kyle Rowland tried to keep Saint Leo in the game as they dropped in 18 and 10 points respectively, but another night from behind the arc (2-for-11) that was a cold as the below freezing temperatures outside, and a 58 percent (21-for-36) effort from the free-throw line sealed the Lions’ fate.
Prais also led the Lions defensively as he pulled down six boards and Rowland had two of the four blocks and the Lions shot 46 percent (22-for-48) as a team.
Saint Leo will now travel another four hours, and a time zone further from home as they head to Anchorage, Alaska where they will face the University of Alaska – Anchorage in a two-night doubleheader. Game one will tip off on Tuesday, December 16 at 11:00 p.m. EST and will be carried on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s video stream at greatnorthwest.tv.