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Things looked to be going all St. Catharine’s way last Tuesday in New Albany when J. T. Burton’s Patriots took on the Grenadiers of IU-Southeast. Shooting 50 percent the first half to the home team’s 29 percent, the lead stood at 36-18 in favor of Burton’s bunch.
But IU-Southeast regrouped to shoot 62 percent in the second half to pull out a 71-70 overtime win. Josh Edwards’ bucket gave the Patriots a two- point lead in overtime with four seconds remaining, but Jazzmarr Ferguson nailed a three-pointer to give the Grenadiers (7-2) the come-from-behind win. St. Catharine did not get a final shot as the Grenadiers stole the inbounds pass.
“I think our kids got complacent after the first half,” said Burton, whose team fell to 10-2. “We had two turnovers to start the half, they scored on three possessions and they were right back in the game. They got confidence and it was a completely different game than in the first half.”
Ervin Williams paced the Patriots with 17 points. Josh Edwards and Brandon Johnson scored 14 and 13 respectively. Edwards also had a team-high seven rebounds as the Patriots held a 39-31 rebounding edge.
The Patriots are at home Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against Tennessee Wesleyan. Tuesday they will play an exhibition game at Morehead State starting at noon. That game will pit Burton against his former coach, Donnie Tyndall, who he played for at St. Catharine. Tyndall led the Patriots to their only junior college national tournament in 1997 with Burton as a point guard on that team.