SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team dropped its first contest of the 2013-14 season as they ran into a hot shooting Virginia Union University team that snagged a 68-62 victory away from the Lions on Friday evening from the Bowman Center.
The first loss of the season for Saint Leo (6-1) came about largely because Virginia Union blistered the nets behind a 53.3 shooting percentage for the game. It was also a contest that saw the visiting Panthers (1-4) step to the free throw line 22 times, converting 14 shots, while Saint Leo only connected on 8-of-13 attempts.
In picking up its initial victory of the season, the visitors from Richmond, Va. capitalized on the same result that worked for the Lions in their victory over Flagler earlier in the week. Both teams matched each other from the field and 3-point line, but VUU made six more shots from the charity stripe, marking the six-point margin of victory.
It was another notable night for senior Jerrel Harris as he dropped in 31 points on 11-of-25 shooting and was the only Lion in double figures.
Ray Anderson was the big factor for visiting Virginia Union as he added 21 points, followed by 10 points from Gerard Dean-McBride.
Saint Leo will have a quick turnaround with less than 24 hours between tonight's final buzzer and the next contest as they face USC-Aiken from the Peach Belt Conference tomorrow. The Lions will tip off with the Pacers, who defeated Rollins College earlier today, at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
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