January 5, 2013

Lions Defeat Visiting Fighting Knights 69-59 in Weekend Conference Action

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team (9-2, 2-0 SSC) notched their second win of 2013 Saturday evening when they defeated the visiting Lynn University Fighting Knights (7-4, 0-2 SSC) by a score of 69-59 from inside the Marion Bowman Center.

In Saint Leo men's basketball head coach Lance Randall's first win over the conference rival Fighting Knights, the Lions dominated the game, not allowing any Lynn baskets until nearly five minutes into the first half, at which time the Lions led by 11. From then on, the Lions continued their attack, posting a 20 point lead at one point during the second half, and notching a 73.5 percent average from behind the free-throw line.   

Free throw baskets played a major factor in the contest, with the first foul of the game coming within 30 seconds, and the tempo was set from there. From the first free throw shot made by Marcus Ruh until the last basket of the game, also made by Ruh, the fouls kept coming. At the end of forty solid minutes of basketball, the Fighting Knights collected 30 personal fouls, which allowed the Lions to capitalize and score 25 points from behind the charity stripe.

Contributing in the Lions' attack was senior Marcus Ruh, who collected 20 points and eight rebounds on the night, as well as senior Shaun Adams, who notched 16 points and seven blocks. Also scoring in the double digits for the Lions was freshman Trey Griseck (12 points) and freshman Jaylon Bell (10 points).

Lynn University's Shamel Akins and Kaleb Clyburn led the effort for the Fighting Knights, collecting 18 and 11 points, respectively.

The Lions will now prepare for the next six consecutive Sunshine State Conference contests they host the visiting Florida Southern Moccasins at the Bowman Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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