February 11, 2012

Lions Say ‘No-No’ to Tars in 71-45 SSC Domination

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team dominated from start to finish as the Lions posted a milestone 71-45 win over host Rollins College in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

It was the largest margin of victory over the Tars since a 63-58 win in January of 1999, and the first win over Rollins since a 67-63 victory in January of 2001.  This also marked the first time Saint Leo walked out of the Alfond Sports Center as victors since the facility opened in 2001 as their 1999 win came at the old Enyart-Alumni Field House.

 "I loved our defensive effort," an excited Coach Lance Randall said while standing on the middle of the court.  "I was a little worried because they had a bye and had a lot of time to prepare, but I thought our guys did a great job of defending and we got good shots.  We came out and shot it very well early and I thought our guys did a great job of not turning (the ball) over."

"We really just went out and got after it.  I like the way we're playing right now"

Saint Leo (12-10, 6-6 SSC) jumped ahead 18-1 over the first eight minutes and didn't surrender a defensive basket until Rollins' first field goal at the 11:44 mark. The bucket wouldn't change anything; however, as the Lions ran out to a 27-5 lead with 8:22 to play in the first.

A quick six point swing for the hosts was quick squashed as the Lions went on to outscore Rollins (14-8, 7-5 SSC) 11-5 the rest of the period and took a 38-18 lead into intermission.

Rollins was held at bay throughout the second half with the Lions' advantage ballooning to a game-high 28 with 5:34 to play in the game.

Trent Thomas poured in 20 to pace Saint Leo on 7-of-13 shooting, while Regis Schafer added 17 and Marcus Ruh 12.

Now taking their win-streak to three games, Saint Leo's road travels continue as they head to Lakeland, Fla. on Wednesday to face the Moccasins in another crucial conference tilt.  The Lions and Mocs are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. in the Jenkins Field House.  For the latest news, information, and updates on Lions Basketball and all other Saint Leo Athletics, visit SaintLeoLions.com.