TAMPA, Fla. - Despite a career night from freshman Dominick Robinson and another double-double from senior Jordan Prais, the Saint Leo men's basketball team could not hold off the University of Tampa Spartans in a 64-59 loss in Sunshine State Conference action at Tampa's Bob Martinez Sports Center on Wednesday night.
The Lions saw Robinson drop in 23 points, including five 3-pointers, while Prais posted his eighth double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds, but a 15-2 Spartan run over the span of five minutes in the middle of the second half sealed the Lions' fate.
After the Lions rebounded from a 12-point deficit to trail by just three points at halftime, Saint Leo would take the lead just three minutes into the second half. Jeremy Jackson’s jumper with 17:22 left in the game would put SLU ahead 32-31.
Saint Leo’s lead would only last 15 seconds as UT would use a Rashad Callaway jumper to retake the advantage, as the lead would change hands for one final time.
At that point, the Lions would go completely cold from the field, not hitting a single bucket from the floor in over five minutes, and only getting two Jackson free throws during that span.
While the Lions were struggling for buckets, shots fell easily for the hosts as they saw Callaway drop in nine of the Spartans 15 points during that span of time.
Once the shots started falling for the Lions, the 14 point deficit was too much for SLU to overcome as Saint Leo could only manage to cut the lead to five points twice during the remainder.
Besides Robinson and Prais, Jackson also had a good night, with 11 points.
Callaway was the Lions’ biggest nemesis as he scored a game-high 27 points on an 11-of-22 night where he also pulled down 10 rebounds.