Lions drop 63-48 decision to Spartans

Lions drop 63-48 decision to Spartans

TAMPA, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's basketball team dropped a tough conference contest to the University of Tampa by a 63-48 score in its Wednesday trip to the Bob Martinez Athletics Center. 

The Lions dip to 10-6 and 2-3 in Sunshine State Conference matchups while the hosting Spartans improve to 9-5, 3-2 in SSC play.

Forward Ron Foxx recorded 22 points behind a career-high four three-pointers.  The senior scored 19 points in the second half along with three rebounds.

The Spartans were led by guard tandem Jordan Davis and Austin Rettig, as the duo scored 19 and 17 points, respectively.  Davis spun a double-double with 11 boards in addition to eight assists.

Tampa cruised to a 35-18 opening stanza, as the Spartans shot an even 50% from the field.  UT guard Jordan Davis tallied 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in the first half to lead all players.

Foxx drained a three-pointer to open the second half, going on to convert a four-point play to pull the Lions within 14.  The senior totaled 19 points in the second stanza but Saint Leo was unable to mount a comeback, falling 63-48 to the hosting Spartans.

Saint Leo was outrebounded for just the third time this season and recorded a season-low 26 against UT.

The Lions return home to host Lynn University on Sunday, Jan. 18th at noon.  The contest will be televised on the CBS Sports Network for the first time in Saint Leo Athletics history with a webcast streamed on www.ncaa.com.

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