Defense Excels in 64-57 Win over Eckerd

Defense Excels in 64-57 Win over Eckerd

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's basketball team shot a blistering 62 percent in the second half, but the Lions' defense proved to be the difference in the 64-57 victory over Eckerd College in Sunshine State Conference action from the Bowman Center on Wednesday night.

There was a chill in the air outside the Bowman Center, but inside the Lions (15-4, 3-3 SSC) kept things hot with a 48 percent shooting average from the floor through the game. Added to the hot hand the Lions held, the Saint Leo defense kept the visiting Tritons from getting good looks toward the basket. 

In total, Eckerd scored just 19 points in the opening half and was held to a 29 percent shooting average in that period.  Things only got marginally better for the Tritons in the second half, but the Lions made the shots when they were needed most, and managed to pull out the tough conference victory.

Jerrel Harris had a hard-earned and game-high 28 points in the victory on 9-of-13 shooting where he also connected on four of his five 3-point attempts. Chim Kadima added 10 points in the victory.

Eckerd (9-8, 2-4 SSC) saw 18 points from Alex Bodney but his effort could not make up for the Tritons struggles from the field, where they were compounded by an 8-for-17 night from the free throw line.

Saint Leo begins to eye the halfway point of the SSC schedule, but the Lions must make two of the season's longest road trips before getting there.  The first of the two trips will see Saint Leo travel down to Boca Raton where they will square off with Lynn University on Saturday afternoon.  The Lions and Fighting Knights are scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. from the deHornle Center on the Lynn campus.

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