No. 17 Patriot men fall at Cumberland

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By SCC Sports Information


Playing somewhat shorthanded without leading scorer Kashiff Carr, out with a back injury, the St. Catharine College Patriots fell Friday to Cumberland University 84-75 in Lebanon, Tenn.

“There are no excuses (as to injuries),” said Patriot head coach J.T. Burton. “We got outrebounded, and we allowed them to shoot 43 percent when our goal is to hold the opponent to 35 percent. And in the first two games we are six-for-40 on three-point shots.”
But despite the poor stats, the Patriots (1-1) were very much in Friday’s contest until late in the game against the Bulldogs (4-0). After a halftime tie at 38-38, the Patriots found themselves down just six points with 2:26 to play. However, they managed only one field goal over the next 2:25. DeShawn Mitchell drilled a three-point goal at the buzzer for the final nine point margin.
The Patriots, who shot 44 percent, were led by Mitchell’s 17 points. Fateen Belfield added 11, while Brandon Johnson, Kevin Kornegay and Stefan Pope had 10 points apiece. Belfield and Terrance Withers led the Patriots in rebounding with six each, but the Bulldogs held a 42-35 edge on the boards.
“We just aren’t playing very well right now,” added Burton. “And our schedule gets no easier.”
The Patriots took on visiting Life University in Lourdes Hall Monday night. Tonight (Wednesday) they play at D-I Morehead State, led by former St. Catharine coach Donnie Tyndall. On Sunday at 4 p.m. Cumberland University visits St. Catharine for a rematch.