Lions Outlast UPR-Bayamon to Claim 66-54 Victory
SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball program improved to 3-2 on the season with a 66-54 win over visiting Puerto Rico-Bayamon on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
While shooting just 41 percent from the field compared to the visitors' 46 percent outing, junior Tom Neary was one of a trio of Lions that reached double-digit scoring in the 12-point victory. The 6'7" forward scored 15 points in the game, with 11 coming from the free throw line. Marcus Ruh followed with a 13-point effort while Trent Thomas added 12 points in the win.
Dominating on defense, Neary and Thomas were two of three Lions with a game-high seven boards as Saint Leo only allowed the visitors from Bayamon, Puerto Rico three offensive rebounds. The Lions 11 offensive pulldowns allowed them to notch 12 second-chance points.
A weakness in the Stetson loss became a strength for the Lions as they shot 84 percent from the free throw line, where 22 of their 66 points originated. As free throws proved to be the deciding factor in the win, with the Cowboys actually making more shots from the field, the Lions only afforded UPR 10 chances from the charity stripe.
Peter Ruiz led the visitors with 13 points as 12 Cowboys (0-1) saw playing time in their first game of the 2011-12 season.
The Lions will now take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Trinity College (Fla.). Tip off for the game is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Bowman Center. For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Men's Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.