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SCC men win first conference game

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By The Staff

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The St. Catharine College Patriots lost a game last Thursday to the visiting Georgetown Tigers, the nation’s #2 team that came to Lourdes Hall toting a record of 20-1. But it was the 76-60 setback that head coach J.T. Burton said led his team to their first conference win at home on Saturday against Campbellsville University.

“I told our players that hard work will pay off, and they continue to play hard and practice hard,” said Burton, whose team is now 5-17 overall and 1-4 in the Mid-South Conference. “We just ran out of gas against Georgetown. They run in 12 or 13 players and we have a seven-man rotation. I thought our defense was good and our half-court execution was better than it has been.”

The Patriots executed well enough to stay within striking range of the talented Tigers until the final minutes in the 76-60 loss. A three pointer by Brandon Johnson with 2:35 to play brought the Patriots within eight points. But Georgetown, 5-0 in the conference, closed the game with a 10-2 run to thwart the Patriots’ upset bid.

Four players scored in double figures for St. Catharine led by Kevin Owens’ 16 points. Johnson added 14 and Arthur Latham and Casanova Brown had 13 and 11 respectively. Vic Moses had 20 points for Georgetown and David Graham had 20.

In Saturday’s 68-61 overtime win over Campbellsville (7-13, 0-5) the Patriots never trailed in the game that looked to be an easy win as they held a 52-37 lead with 8:38 left in the game. But a furious Campbellsville comeback tied the game at 58-58 at the end of regulation.

“Yes, I was concerned about our foul trouble,” said Burton of the extra period. “But Peter (Jean-Pierre Uwamahoro) came through with some big rebounds and Arthur (Latham) came up big.”

Following an offensive rebound by Brown, Latham’s field goal gave the Patriots a 60-58 lead 30 seconds into the extra period. Campbellsville tied the game on two Zach Allender free throws with 3:56 to play, but a steal and layup by Brown with three minutes to play gave the Patriots the lead for good. An offensive rebound by Uwamahoro, and a free throw by the 7-foot center, gave St. Catharine a 65-61 lead at the 0:44 mark.

Johnson added a field goal and a free throw in the final seconds for the seven-point margin.

“Peter gives you 100 percent every single day,” said Burton. “He got some big rebounds (five) but the stats don’t show how many other times he got his hands on the ball to keep it alive. Our effort against Georgetown on Thursday set the stage for this win.”

Johnson led the Patriots in scoring with 22. Latham added 20 and Brown had 10. Allender, a Nelson County High School product who leads the conference in scoring, had 22 points before fouling out in the final minute of overtime.