WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 11, 2012) - Rollins got off to a slow start for the second-straight game and had its 28-game winning streak over Saint Leo halted, falling 71-45 in Warden Arena Saturday.
Trent Thomas poured in 20 to pace Saint Leo (12-10, 6-6 SSC) while Regis Schafer added 17 and Marcs Ruh 12.
The Tars hit just five buckets from inside the arc, going 11-of-38 (29 percent) from the field and 17-of-26 at the free throw line. The Lions hit 22-of-49 (45 percent) from the floor and outrebounded Rollins 38-25.
After scoring 10 first half points and falling into a 22 point hole to Eckerd its last time out, Rollins was again hampered by a slow start on Saturday.
Saint Leo jumped ahead 18-1 over the first eight minutes until a Schuette 3-pointer gave Rollins its first field goal at the 11:44 mark. The bucket wouldn't spark a Tars run, however, as SLU ran out to a 27-5 lead with 8:22 to play in the first.
A Chris Malcolm jumper and Schuette triple on the next two possessions got Rollins going on a 6-0 burst that brought the hosts to within 27-13 with less than four to play in the half.
The Lions went on to outscore Rollins 11-5 the rest of the period and took a 38-18 lead into intermission.
Rollins was held at bay throughout the second half with the Lions' advantage ballooning to a game-high 28 with 5:34 to play in the game.
Malcolm added four blocks and, with 98 in his career, needs just seven to become Rollins' all-time leader.
Rollins' 45 points was its lowest offensive output of the season with the 26-point loss also representing a season-worst.
The Tars will look to snap its losing streak on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at home against Lynn. Rollins beat the Fighting Knights 71-70 earlier in the season in Boca Raton. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. from Warden Arena. Fans can catch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM, WPRK.