ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY – Quentin Cullop hit two free throws with five seconds left in overtime to send the Saint Leo men’s basketball team to a 70-69 victory over the host Molloy College Lions in the final day of the Molloy Lions’ Classic in New York.
A tightly contested battle in the overtime period saw four tie scores and three lead changes as the Saint Leo defense kept the host Lions from connecting on a single shot from the floor. Taking the lead at the start of the extra period on a layup by sophomore Matt Kendrick, Molloy responded with two free throws less than a minute later. Molloy (0-2) would take the lead with 3:48 left behind more free-shots as Saint Leo would continue to claw back to tie the score, only to see the hosts retake the lead.
The process would be broken when Molloy’s Jimmy Nolan missed the front-end of a two-shot opportunity and the Green and Gold gained possession looking at a 69-68 deficit.
With less than 10 seconds left, the Lions swung the ball to Cullop, who launched a shot from the perimeter. On his way down, Cullop would get fouled and head to the free-throw line for a three-shot chance.
The Lions’ senior headed to the stripe and nailed two of the three to give Saint Leo the one-point lead.
The ensuing final play from Molloy saw them get two looks at the basket from close range, but neither shot would fall as Saint Leo upped their record to 4-1 for the season.
During the course of regulation, the Lions again saw a hot start, where they led by as much as eight points, negated when Molloy responded to take the lead.
The overtime win came after Molloy led by as much as nine points in the second half.
Three Saint Leo Lions scored in double-figures led by a double-double from Walter Perkins who had 20 points and 10 boards, Jeremy Jackson added 14 points and Jamal Thompson came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and score 11 points.