Lions Topple ACC's Miami Hurricanes; Saint Leo Knocks Off First Major-Conference Division I Opponent in School History

November 07, 2012

The Saint Leo University men’s basketball team kicked off its 2012-2013 season with a thrilling 69-67 defeat of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s (ACC) University of Miami Hurricanes on Friday night from the Bank United Center on the campus of the University of Miami.

Winning its first-ever game over a standing Division I opponent, the team highlighted its victory with an outstanding night of shooting—sinking nearly 46 percent (24 of 53) from the field. Three players scored in double figures, including a team-high 23 points from Trent Thomas, who also led the club with four 3-point field goals.

Up next, Saint Leo will continue its two-game ACC exhibition tour as the team travels to Tallahassee, FL, today to take on the No. 24-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Tucker Center on the campus of Florida State University.

The Lions will open home regular season action on Friday, November 9, when they host Shorter College in a non-region showdown.

For more information, check out the complete Lions schedule online or contact Evan Ortiz, Manager of Athletic Communications, at (352) 588-8506 or