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The St. Catharine College Patriots traveled to Life University in Atlanta on Tuesday and returned with an exciting 115-111 overtime victory over the Eagles. But that euphoria was short lived as they returned to Lourdes Hall on Saturday and fell to Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville by a 71-58 count.
The split of the two games left J.T. Burton’s squad with an overall mark of 13-11 and a conference slate of 8-6. That puts them in a three-way tie for third place with Campbellsville and Cumberlands. Lindsey Wilson now leads the conference with a 10-4 record followed by Georgetown at 10-5.
That tight race puts a special emphasis on the two remaining conference games for the Patriots – both road contests. On Thursday they play at Cumberlands and Saturday they end the regular season at Lindsey Wilson.
It took five extra minutes and the ability to maneuver around 36 turnovers and 36 personal fouls. But with the help of Brandon Johnson’s 32 points, which included 10 three-pointers, the St. Catharine Patriots outlasted Life University in Atlanta 115-111 in overtime Tuesday.
St. Catharine overcame a 49-41 halftime deficit to tie the game at 99-99 at the end of regulation. They quickly took the lead in the overtime period and never trailed in posting the four point victory. Johnson had five treys in the first half and added five more in the second half and overtime to set a school record for long distance bombs.
The Patriots had four players foul out and two others with four personals while the Eagles (13-13) had three players foul out as they collected 34 fouls in the game. St. Catharine was 32-47 (68 percent) from the foul line while Life was 32-44 (73 percent) at the stripe.
The Patriots, who shot 49 percent from the field, had three players join Johnson in double figures. DeShawn Mitchell had 19 points and Stefan Pope and Travis Wilkins had 17 apiece.
While the St. Catharine baseball team was playing a doubleheader Saturday in what continues to be an unusually warm winter, the Patriot basketball team endured a frigid climate inside Lourdes Hall. J.T. Burton’s team came out as cold as ice in a 71-58 loss to Mid-South rival Campbellsville.
The Patriots missed their first 17 shots from three-point range and hit only 23 percent in the first half, as they trailed 37-17 to the Tigers (20-8, 8-6). The final 13-point margin is not indicative of the game as St. Catharine trailed by 20 points or more for most of the contest.
Delonte Taylor, who led the Patriots with 18 points, scored two quick buckets to open the game but by the time the Patriots got another field goal they trailed the Tigers 21-7. Campbellsville didn’t find the Lourdes Hall environment too chilly, as they connected on 54 percent of their first half shots and ended the game shooting 51 percent. They were led by point guard Cedric Henderson who had 22 points, nine assists and four steals.
Taylor was the only the player in double figures for the Patriots who shot 36 percent for the game ,including 4-26 (15 percent from three-point range.