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Stepping out of Mid-South Conference play, the St. Catharine College Patriots enjoyed two lopsided victories last week. On Thursday, they hosted Knoxville College and beat the Bulldogs 91-70. Then on Saturday, behind a record-breaking performance from Kevin Kornegay, J.T. Burton’s team bettered the visiting Patriots from Morthland College 105-72.
The two wins put Burton’s bunch at 6-4. They played IU-Southeast on Tuesday, and Saturday they will complete the first semester portion of the schedule with a rematch against Morthland in West Frankfort, Ill.
It took a while Thursday night before the Patriots could get a leash on the visiting Bulldogs of Knoxville College, but led by Jawan Demus’ career-high 19 points, St. Catharine pulled away in the second half for a 91-70 win.
St. Catharine (5-4) led just 37-31 at halftime, but Demus poured in 16 of his points in the second half as the Patriots pulled away for the easy win. The game was much like the Nov. 15 game in Knoxville, when the Patriots led 32-28 at halftime, but claimed a 101-68 victory.
Demus, often near the end of the Patriots’ substitution rotation, hit five three-point goals, four of them in the second half, as the Patriots overcame the pesky Bulldogs (1-8). Four other Patriots joined Demus in double figures as Omar Skinner had 17, Dominique Roy 13, Kevin Kornegay 12 and DeShawn Mitchell 10.
Led by Roy’s nine rebounds, the Patriots beat the Bulldogs on the glass 52-40. Skinner and Mitchell each had seven rebounds and Demus had six.
The Patriots shot 49 percent for the game, while holding Knoxville to 35.5 percent. Both teams were 11-32 from three-point range. The Bulldogs made just 5-of-14 free throws, while the Patriots were 14-25 at the line.
The visiting Patriots (0-9) hung with the home Patriots for the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s contest, but St. Catharine outscored Morthland 34-18 over the final 10 minutes of the opening period to lead 51-32 at the break en route to the 105-72 victory.
While the outcome was decided early, drama still remained as sophomore guard Kevin Kornegay took aim at the single game record for three-point goals held by Brandon Johnson, who had 10 treys last season.
The 6-0 native of Alpharetta, Ga. hit all five of his long-range attempts in the first half to put him on pace for tying the record, and he did tie it with a bomb at the 3:33 mark. Kornegay then topped the record with 1:51 left when he drilled a jumper from 25 feet out.
Kornegay was 11-17 from three-point range and scored a career-high 37 points. DeShawn Mitchell had 14 points, while Marquis Lee and Jamarious Sykes had 11 and 10, respectively.
“I wasn’t really sure (about the record) until they told me I needed one more,” said Kornegay, who scored 57 points once in a five-star camp game. “The rim looked really big. I thought every shot was going in.”
Will Carmickle led Morthland with 27 points and 11 rebounds. The smaller visitors lost the rebounding battle by just one, 38-37, as Mitchell led St. Catharine with seven boards.