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A leap to second place in the conference standings was the result of the St. Catharine Patriots’ (9-4, 3-1 MSC) 77-56 win over Lindsey Wilson (10-4, 1-3 MSC) on Saturday.
After a slow start on offense, Will Bailey (Valley, Ala.) drilled a shot from behind the arc to put the Patriots up nine with just six minutes to go in the first half.
Following two missed free throws from the Blue Raiders, Raymon Austin (Cleveland, Ohio) got in on the action, finding pay dirt in the lane for two of his 16 points on the night, padding the Patriots’ lead at 11.
From there, the Patriots maintained their lead in the final minutes of the first half, taking a 41-29 lead into the break.
The second half belonged to the Patriots as well, doubling the Blue Raiders’ shooting percentage at 50 percent.
With their lead cut to eight (46-38), Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.) sparked the Patriots with an acrobatic shot in the paint off the hands of Taron Franklin (Philadelphia, Penn.) for two of his 13 points on the night.
From there, the Patriots were able to maintain a double-digit advantage with the help of William Tolefree (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and his 21-point evening.
SCC took their largest lead of the game at the 5:01 mark at 21, off a rebound from Tolefree (15 total) that would lead to a Skinner basket in the paint.
The Patriots would hold on steadily to the lead until the final buzzer, prevailing 77-56.
The Patriots will play host to the University of the Cumberlands (9-4, 1-2 MSC) Thursday in Lourdes Hall at 8 p.m. in the “Battle of the Patriots.”
SCC ignored the #23 ranking of Cumberland University (10-2, 2-1 MSC) as they dominated the host Bulldogs 83-60 on Thursday night in Lebanon, Tenn.
With one semester of play under their belt, the Patriots showed why they were receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 Poll.
The Patriots assumed control from the tip-off, jumping out to an early seven-point lead following a hard-fought three-point play from Julito Hutchinson (Atlanta, Ga.) seven minutes into the contest.
From there, the Patriots went on a scoring torrent led by Stephen McCray (Baltimore, Md.) who drilled three straight trifectas to open a 21-point advantage for the Patriots with 6:22 remaining in the half.
Following a 41-26 halftime advantage, the Patriots continued to dominate, as McCray still had the hot hand with his six of eight three-point shooting and 20 total points on the night.
The Patriots led by as many as 26 in the second half, gaining 43 points on the night from their deep bench.
The Patriots out-rebounded the Bulldogs 44-29 and were led inside by Hutchinson with nine boards.
In his Patriot debut, Austin (Cleveland, Ohio) netted seven points and grabbed six boards in only 17 minutes of play.