MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The 10th-ranked Saint Leo men's basketball team found itself on the wrong end of the scoreboard for the first time this season as the Lions dropped a 63-57 decision to 23rd-ranked Winston Salem State in the championship game of the Fresh Coast Classic on Saturday night.
The back-and-forth contest came down to a final 7:32 where the Lions (3-1) were held scoreless from the field as WSSU outscored Saint Leo 14-5. The scoring drought overshadowed a game where neither team led by more than seven points and Saint Leo held a 31-30 advantage at the half.
Despite the loss, the Lions had four players in double figures, led by 16 points from Trent Thomas, who came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and play 25 minutes. Marcus Ruh was next on the list with a 13-point night while both Shaun Adams and Jerrel Harris had 12 points apiece. Those four were responsible for all but four of the points scored by the Lions in the evening.
Winston-Salem St. (3-2) was led by 18 points from Wakefield Ellison and a 12-point night from Fresh Coast Classic MVP Marcus Wells.
The Lions will return home and prepare for The Ames Classic next Friday and Saturday. Saint Leo will face Armstrong Atlantic State University on Friday night at 6 p.m.
This postgame recap is brought to you by Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant in Brooksville, Fla.
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