SAINT LEO, Fla. – The much anticipated televised matchup between Saint Leo and Florida Tech turned into a one-sided affair as the visiting Panthers capitalized on poor SLU shooting in their 74-52 victory in Sunshine State Conference action on Monday night from the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
A tight contest early on, the first seven minutes saw four tie scores and four lead changes as Saint Leo (10-9, 1-8 SSC) held tough with the visitors from Melbourne. All would begin to come unraveled with a quick 13-2 run by Tech (14-9, 4-5 SSC) in the middle of the first half. The run would open up a double-digit margin that the visitors would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest.
Outshot in all three offensive categories, the Lions hit just 30 percent (17-of-56) of their shots while Florida Tech shot 40 percent (24-of-60) to help pick up the win. The 3-point shooting was another point in Florida Tech’s favor as they hit 33 percent (6-of-18) of the chances, while the Lions only connected on 3-of-16 (18 percent) of their shots.
Although no Lions reached into double-digits in scoring, Saint Leo was led by Quentin Cullop and Matt Kendrick with nine points each.
Four players scored in double figures for the Panthers. Guiding the team to the road win was Justin Sedlak, who registered 16 to go with 13 rebounds.
The Lions will have just 48 hours to recover from the setback as they will take to the road and face Lynn University on Wednesday night. Saint Leo will square off with the Fighting Knights at 7:30 p.m. in the deHornle Center on the Lynn campus in Boca Raton, Fla.