Patriots shoot down Eagles for second victory

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By The Staff

SCC Sports Information

On Nov. 19, the St. Catharine College Patriots let what would have been their first victory of the year slip away when a missed dunk at the buzzer force the game into overtime where they lost at Alice Lloyd 80-76.

One month later, however, now stocked with two point guards who just became eligible, J.T. Burton’s bunch avenged that loss by shooting down the same Alice Lloyd Eagles 87-68 in Lourdes Hall.

And while the two roster additions, Terrance Withers and Casanova Brown, didn’t add a tremendous offensive punch, three and 14 points respectively, Burton pointed to the other things they brought to the St. Catharine lineup.

“The leadership is one big thing,” said Burton whose team will take a 2-12 record into the Christmas break. “Casanova is a senior so he knows what college ball is about. We had six steals and held them to 28 percent shooting in the second half.”

That defensive pressure allowed the Patriots to pull away from a 40-37 halftime advantage for the 19 point victory. Both teams ended the game shooting 41 percent but the Patriots shot 46 percent after intermission. The Eagles, 7-6, failed to hit a three point shot in nine attempts while the St. Catharine was 6-23 from behind the arc.

Arthur Latham, 31, and Brandon Johnson, 26, joined Brown in double figures. Latham grabbed a team high seven rebounds as the Patriots held a 44-42 rebounding advantage.

The Patriots are idle now until Jan. 5, when they will travel to Lebanon Tennessee to take on Cumberland University. After home games against Berea and Temple Baptist on Jan. 8 and 12 the conference schedule will open with a home game against West Virginia Tech on Jan. 15.

“We are excited about the second half of the schedule,” added Burton. “These new guys will do nothing but get better with more games which should make us very competitive in the conference.”