Basketball (M)

Barry Smith recorded third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Cumberlands on Thursday.Barry Smith recorded third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds against Cumberlands on Thursday.

Patriots upset No. 25 Cumberlands

Box Score

     The Patriot men’s basketball team (10-14, 4-8 MSC) picked up their biggest win of the season on Thursday night when they traveled to Williamsburg, Ky. Cumberlands came into the game ranked 25th in the NAIA, but the Patriots pulled the road upset, 61-57.

     Barry Smith (Birmingham, Ala.) recorded his third double-double in as many games with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Lorenzo Dewberry (Detroit, Mich.) was the only other Patriot in double figures with 10 points on the night. Smith’s 13 boards helped St. Catharine win the rebounding battle, 39-38.

     Both teams got off to a sluggish start to open the game, but it was St. Catharine who grabbed the 12-8 lead in the early going. The home team battled back to take the lead, 15-14 with 12:20 remaining in the opening frame. SCC led by as many as five in the first half as they took a 34-31 lead into halftime.

     In the final 20 minutes, St. Catharine continued to control the tempo. They led by five with 14:32 remaining, but Cumberlands responded and pulled within one. Cumberlands battled back to tie the game at 46, but Smith got loose for a triple to give St. Catharine the 49-46 lead with 8:17 remaining. UC answered with a trey of their own, but Nick Porter (Owensboro, Ky.) responded with one of his two 3’s to give the lead back to St. Catharine. SCC’s defense clamped down over the final 4:05 as they held Cumberlands scoreless and after a pair of freebies by Smith and a step back jumper by Demetrus Richardson (Wilmington, Del.) the game belonged to St. Catharine, 61-57.

     Neither team shot the ball well for the game. St. Catharine shot just 35 percent (18-51) from the field and 30 percent (7-23) from three. Cumberlands on the other hand shot 38 percent (22-58) from the field and just 19 percent (4-21) from three. The difference was at the charity stripe, where Cumberlands made half as many as St. Catharine. SCC connected on 18 in 25 attempts, whereas Cumberlands didn’t fare as well hitting only nine in 24 attempts.

     The road doesn’t get any easier for St. Catharine as they travel to Pikeville (Ky.) on Saturday. The Bears are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest polls. Tip-off is set for 4 PM EST.
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