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Lions' teams to begin SSC slate

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 7, 2003

SAINT LEO -- Wednesday marks the Sunshine State Conference openers for Saint Leo's men's and women's basketball teams.

Both host Florida Southern with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. to be followed by the men at 7:30. Another home doubleheader follows Saturday against Florida Tech. The men play at 2 p.m. and the women at 4.

The women begin conference play on a six-game win streak and, at 8-5, has matched last season's (8-19) win total.

Last week, the Lions defeated State University of New York-Oneonta 64-44 on Tuesday and New Jersey Tech 96-40 on Thursday.

September Harrison, Saint Leo's leading scorer (averaging 14 points with a .487 field goal percentage), had 17 points and eight rebounds against Oneonta.

Jessica Goneconte added 14 points, Jackie Pugh (Pasco High) 12 and Ebony Winn eight in that game with Pugh and Winn getting 11 rebounds.

Balance was the key against New Jersey Tech as nine players played at least 12 minutes. Pugh and Maria Martin scored 13 points in that game. Winn had 12 points. Pugh led the way in rebounding with 11, and Winn had 10.

The men, who have played eight of 11 on the road, defeated Barry (10-2) 48-43 on Saturday in a nonconference matchup. That upset lifted the Lions to 4-7.

Colin Shaw led the Lions with 15 points, and Brandon Lyngse added 11.

Saint Leo trailed by three in the first half but took a 31-22 lead at the break thanks to a 14-2 run. Javier Veloso made two 3-pointers and Scott Seifert scored five points during that stretch.

A 3-pointer by Frank Craig (Pasco, Pasco-Hernando Community College) with seven seconds left clinched the victory. Before Craig's 3-pointer, Shaw and Lyngse made 3-pointers with Shaw's breaking a 36-36 tie. Shaw, a senior forward, leads the Lions in scoring (11.4) and rebounding (5.5).

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