SAINT LEO, Fla. – Fourteen Lions saw time on the hardwood as the Saint Leo men's basketball team won its eighth game of the season behind an 87-61 victory over Elizabeth City State University on Tuesday evening from the Bowman Center.
It was a game where Saint Leo shot 54 percent in the first half and opened up as much as a 31 point advantage over the visitors from North Carolina by the midway point of the second, which allowed Head Coach Lance Randall to go to his bench to get reserves some solid playing time.
A solid all-around effort for the Lions capped off Saint Leo's marathon run of five games in nine days and sent fans of the Green and Gold into the Thanksgiving holiday with excitement behind the team's 8-1 start.
Shooting well all over the court, Saint Leo drained 18 three-pointers in 36 attempts for a perfectly even 50 percent average from behind the big arc. The Lions finished the night shooting 32-of-67 (47.8 percent) from the field.
With no Saint Leo starter registering more than 24 minutes, the Lions were able to limit playing time for a number of veterans even though senior Chim Kadima still managed to drop in a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Just three points back were Jerrel Harris and Marcus Dewberry as both managed 14 points on a night when 12 Lions registered at least one basket.
Dominique Byrd led the visitors with 16 points as he was one of only two Vikings (2-3) to reach double figures.
Saint Leo will now have over a week to prepare to open Sunshine State Conference play when the Lions travel to Rollins College on Wednesday, December 4. The Lions and Tars are scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. at Warden Arena in Winter Park, Fla.
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