ANCHORAGE, Alaska – It took a solid defensive effort and 17 points from junior guard Quentin Cullop as the Saint Leo University men’s basketball team (5-5) traveled all the way to Anchorage, Alaska where they upset the host University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 74-62 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
In a game that saw the Lions jump out early, and featured only one tie early in the first half, SLU managed to post a double-digit advantage on UAA after the first 10 minutes and increased it to a 20 point margin with just two minutes left in the period.
Even 4,783 miles away from home, success from behind the three-point arc is what has become the one gauge to see how the Lions will perform. Tuesday’s showing saw Saint Leo blister the nets from the long range as they were 6-for-10 in the first half. The Lions’ 60 percent accuracy in treys was actually better than their overall performance from the floor, as they shot just 59 percent.
After taking a 38-23 lead into the locker room, the Lions saw Alaska-Anchorage (3-6) try to mount a comeback that would span a majority of the second half; slowly whittling the lead down to just five. The comeback was not to be, however, as Saint Leo used a clutch five-point possession to salt the game away.
With 2:18 left and the score 62-54, Cullop was fouled while making a trey in the corner directly in front of the Saint Leo bench. After Cullop missed the bonus shot, a Kyle Rowland offensive rebound began a possession that ended when Jordan Prais nailed a short jumper. That five-point swing ended the attempted rally for the hosts and sent fans heading for the exits.
Cullop led four Lions in double-figures, as Prais added 15 points and the duo of Rowland and Matthew Salay, scored 10 points in the win.
The Saint Leo defense kept the Seawolves to just 41 percent (26-for-63) shooting from the field as they forced 15 turnovers, nine steals, and a season-high seven blocks.
Saint Leo handed UAA their first home loss in 19 games and it was the first time the Seawolves had suffered a double-digit loss since February of 2005.
Both teams will go at it again tomorrow with another 11:00 p.m. EST tip-off from snowy Anchorage.