November 26, 2011

Lions Reach Back 27 Years in 118-50 Victory

SAINT LEO, Fla. – There was no post-Thanksgiving slump for the Saint Leo men's basketball team as the visiting Trinity (Fla.) Tigers ran into a Lions' buzzsaw that saw the Green and Gold dish out a 118-50 defeat on Saturday afternoon from the Bowman Center.

"I was pleased with the way our guys approached it in a business sense," Head Coach Lance Randall said. "Every possession we took very seriously (and) I like the way we competed.  I thought we got better on the offensive side as the game went on, we got better on the defensive side and that's the only way you're going to get something other than a win out of a game like that."

It was a contest where the Lions opened up a double-figure margin just five minutes into the game and six Lions finished in double-digit scoring.  It turned out to be a scoring explosion that took Saint Leo into territory it hasn't trekked into in over 27 years. The 118 points recorded were the most points the Lions scored in a win since their 125-84 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic on November 20, 1984. The last time the Lions surpassed the 118 point barrier in any game was a 143-125 loss to Stetson in November of 1991.  It also marked the first time the Lions surpassed the century mark since a 104-71 victory over UPR-Bayamon on November 17, 2007.

Junior Trent Thomas pushed his season's scoring average to 14.5 points per game with a 19 point effort on 6-of-9 shooting.  He was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.  A lone point behind him was junior Tom Neary as the Brookfield, Wisc. native went 8-for-10 with 18 points scored.  The four others who reached double-figures included Derik Hawkey (16), Taylor Bassett (15), Spenser Mitchell (12) and Cale Girten (10).

Mitchell also came off the bench to surprisingly dominate the boards with 10 rebounds.

As a team the Lions connected on 64 percent (47-of-74) of their shots from the field and 67 percent (12-of-18) of their 3-point attempts.  The Lions tallied 60 points from bench personnel and outscored Trinity 24-2 on second chance points.

Rasheed Hall came off the bench to score 13 points to lead the visitors from New Port Richey, Fla.

The Lions now have a full week of practice before welcoming Valdosta State University into the Bowman Center next Saturday, December 3.  In their second meeting of the season, the Lions and Blazers are scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Men's Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.