Basketball (M)

The five Patriot seniors with Head Coach Matt Taylor.The five Patriot seniors with Head Coach Matt Taylor.

Patriot Men fall in final seconds on Senior Day

Box Score

     For the second game in a row the Patriot men’s basketball team (11-17, 5-11 MSC) went down to the wire. They won the first one against Georgetown in the final minutes, but this time it was Shawnee State who spoiled the senior day festivities and came away with a 64-62 victory.

     Demetrus Richardson (Wilmington, Del), Romeo Lewis (Atlanta, Ga.), Khalil Murphy (Willingboro, N.J.), Ben Vozzola (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Julito Hutchinson (Atlanta, Ga.) were all honored in their final home game of their Patriots’ career. Vozzola was the only one who had to sit out due to an injury.

     Lorenzo Dewberry (Detroit, Mich.) led the Patriots with 17 points, including four three pointers. Murphy was the only other Patriot in double figures with 14 points in the contest. Altogether the four seniors that played tallied 32 of the Patriots 62 points. The rebounds were fairly even, but Shawnee State (10-18, 4-12 MSC) came away with a 39-32 victory on the boards.

     Four minutes into the opening frame and it was the Patriots who jumped out to a 9-6 lead. The Patriots then stepped on the accelerator extending their lead out to an 11 point margin, 19-8, with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Bears cut the lead down to six, but the Patriots responded with another 9-2 run to push their lead back out to 13 with just over three minutes remaining in the half. Shawnee State made a little run to end the half scoring seven of the final nine points to cut the lead down to eight, 33-25, heading into the locker room.

     Just about eight minutes into the second frame, the Patriots held a steady 10 point advantage, 46-36. The Bears, however, stormed back with a 14-3 run to take their first lead of the game, 50-49, since it was 2-0 in the opening minutes. It didn’t look good for the Patriots when they trailed by two with four minutes and change left, but after a jumper and a trey by Dewberry the Patriots regained the three point advantage. The Bears then answered with a trey of their own to tie the game back up with just over three minutes remaining. The Patriots then proceeded with a bucket to regain the lead, but again the Bears answered with another three to take the lead back by one with 2:21 remaining.

     After back-to-back buckets by Hutchinson and Emory Bennett (Miami, Fla.), it was the Patriots who held the 62-59 advantage. However, Jorian Hudson would get loose for his fourth triple in the last 4:44. The Patriots had a chance to take the lead with just under a minute remaining, but after a costly turnover the Bears had the ball with 31 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game. Devon Carter answered with a free throw line jumper that would give his team the lead with three seconds remaining. The Patriots had a chance to tie or win the game in the final seconds, but they were unable to get a shot off as the Bears came away with the 64-62 win.

     Both teams shot the ball well for the game, the Patriots shot 43 percent (23-54) and the Bears shot 44 percent (24-54). St. Catharine connected on seven of their 21 three point attempts and Shawnee State hit eight in 19 attempts.

     The Patriots will now gear up for the Mid-South Conference Tournament this week at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.
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