BOCA RATON, Fla. – Although they are not brothers, Brandon and Rodney Kennedy united on the hardwood as they scored 19 and 18 points respectively as they sparked the host Lynn University Fighting Knights to an 85-67 win over the Lions in Sunshine State Conference men’s basketball action from Lynn’s de Hoernle Center on Wednesday evening.
The game started out well enough for the Lions as Saint Leo (9-14, 3-7 SSC) jumped out to a nine point lead on the hosts as SLU stormed out of the gates, scoring 11 points in the first three minutes.
Once everyone settled into their seats, and the players got zoned in, the Fighting Knights began in claw back into the contest. In fact, Lynn would go on an 18-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 22-13 lead over the Lions with 11:49 remaining in the first.
Saint Leo would respond to the Lynn advantage by again knotting the game at 26 with just over five minutes to go in the half as both teams had set the tempo for a back-and-forth battle over the remainder of the period.
Ultimately heading into the half with a 40-38 advantage, Lynn University would see the Lions’ senior Josue Vazquez hit a layup to tie the score at the start of the half. Vazquez bucket would give the game its fifth and final tie.
After that point, the Fighting Knights’ Brandon Kennedy would take over the contest, hitting shots at will as he scored 14 of his 19 points in the half, pushing Lynn to a 20-6 run over an eight minute stretch that ultimately decided the Lions’ fate.
Facing a large double-digit deficit, the Lions could only muster a couple of small runs for the remainder, but could not string enough baskets together to look at rallying back into the game.
Despite the loss, SLU still shot over 43 percent (26-of-60) for the game, but that number was dwarfed by the Fighting Knights, who shot almost 50 percent (34-of-69) from the field. A 3-point shooting showcase saw Lynn win that battle as well, but only by .4 percent as SLU connect of 7-of-15 attempts while the hosts hit true on 8-of-17 treys.
Four Lions scored double-figures, led by freshman Dominick Robinson who scored 16 points, while Jordan Prais, Daniel Oliver and Brandon Powell all scored 10 points in the loss.
The Lions will look to get on the right side of the scoreboard as they return home to the Bowman Center for a Saturday SSC matchup with Florida Tech. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 p.m. on the Saint Leo campus.