Basketball (M)

Ervin Williams (Averaged 15 and 6 in MSC Action)Ervin Williams (Averaged 15 and 6 in MSC Action)

Patriot Men Roll to a 2-1 Week

Patriots edged by Georgetown, beat Shawnee

The St. Catharine College Patriots won two of three games last week to improve their record to 4-2 for the season. Two of the games were Mid-South Conference contests in which J.T. Burton’s squad split to start the conference schedule at 1-1.

The week started with a non-conference game Tuesday at McKendree University (Illinois) which the Patriots won 83-72. McKendree, ranked eighth nationally in the pre-season, fell behind the Patriots 48-32 at halftime but rallied to cut the deficit to six points at the 4:35 mark before St. Catharine pulled away for the 16 point win. Ervin Williams netted a double-double for the Patriots with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Johnson added 16 points and six steals and Antoine Watson came off the bench for 14 points. McKendree, 3-8, lost for the fourth consecutive time. The Bearcats shot 39 percent from the field while the Patriots were 46 percent on field goal attempts.

Thursday started the conference schedule for the Patriots as MSC favorite Georgetown brought an 8-0 record into Lourdes Hall. And Happy Osbourne’s Tigers left at 9-0 following a thrilling 76-74 victory in front of a packed house. The final outcome wasn’t decided until a final three-point attempt by the Patriots’ Justin Morris from near half-court fell well short, giving the Tigers the two point win. “When you force a team into 30 turnovers like we did in this game you expect to win,” said Burton. “But I bet we weren’t able to convert those turnovers into as many as ten points and that really hurt.” The Patriots faced a 71-53 deficit with 4:09 to play but outscored the Tigers eight to one to take a 73-72 lead with 55 seconds to play when Morris canned a trey from the deep corner. But Rodney Haddix answered for the Tigers with a clutch three-pointer and a 75-73 lead. Both teams then hit one of two free throw attempts for the final margin. Morris had 14 points to lead four Patriots in double figures. Brandon Johnson added 13 and Josh Edwards and Williams had 10 each. Georgetown was led by Eddie Gray’s 18 points. Gray made four of five 3-point attempts as the Tigers connected on 11 of 19 attempts from behind the arc.

On Saturday the Patriots pulled away from a 42-42 halftime tie to down the Shawnee State Bears (3-6, 0-2) 86-71. St. Catharine opened the second half with a 10-2 run and the Bears never got closer than seven points the remainder of the game. Williams had 20 points to pace the Patriots while Marquis Lee and Brandon Johnson added 16 each and Josh Edwards had 13.

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