BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lions (13-13, 6-7 SSC) struggled to get their offense going Saturday night, as the Lynn University Fighting Knights led for the entire contest on their way to a 83-69 victory at the deHoernle Center.
Quentin Cullop once again was the leading scorer for Saint Leo, collecting a game0high 18 points. Forward Jordan Prais, despite early foul trouble, manage to contribute his season average of 16 points while leading the team with seven boards. Jamal Thompson was another contributor to the Lions’ offense as he scored a career high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while Kyle Rowland chipped in 12 points in the SSC defeat.
Lynn had one goal in mind and that was to not allow a repeat of their first meeting this season at the Bowman Center where the Lions won by 13. And for the most part, Lynn upheld that goal.
The Fighting Knights scooted out to a 17- 8 lead with 13:30 left, but Cullop responded by leading the Lions on a 5-0 run, to get Saint Leo back to within four.
But every SLU run was counteracted with a Lynn rally. After Cullop made it a 17-13 game, Lynn went off on a 9-2 run to give the Fighting Knights a 26-15 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.
Cullop once again connected on a three point basket to cut the lead to seven but it only seemed to trigger Lynn’s offense as they went on a 14-7 run to make it a 41-29 Lynn lead at the half.
The second half didn’t get any easier for the Lions, as Lynn used the first five minutes to increase their lead to 19, 57-38.
After Lynn increased the lead to 20 with just over seven minutes to play, The Lions scraped together once final push going on a 7-0 run, including a three point basket by Thompson, to make the score 65-52.
But Saint Leo had a hard time stopping the prolific shooting of Chris Hall and the Fighting Knights, as they used the next three minutes to go on a 10-2 run and push the lead back to 19.
Saint Leo couldn’t muster another rally as Lynn wrapped up the 14 point conference victory.
The biggest headline of the game was the outstanding shooting of the Fighting Knight, delivering on 33-of-57 shots for an average of 59 percent for the game.
Even in defeat, SLU had a very impressive day on the offensive end shooting 44 percent (27-for-61), but were outrebounded 41-28. The Lions’ bench outscored Lynn 20-14 but could not overcome the Fighting Knights’ 40 points in the paint.
The Lions now have to recover and prepare for SSC rival the University of Tampa. Tampa will visit the Bowman Center on Wednesday, February 18 with tip-off set for 7:30 pm.