Basketball (W)

Reilly PoirierReilly Poirier' s double-double helped lead the Patriots to the victory.

Women whip Bears, men fall; doubleheader Monday opens conference schedule

          Normally Saturday’s basketball games would have been of the Mid-South Conference variety. But just recently West Virginia Tech decided to leave the conference which turned out to be a good thing considering how half of the twin bill turned out Saturday.

           Following the Patriot women’s 79-54 victory over the Golden Bears, the St. Catharine men were upset 83-79. The loss left J.T Burton’s men with a 4-2 slate while Lena Bramblett’s women stayed perfect at 7-0.

           The women opened the afternoon with the easy win as they led wire to wire. Kasei Evans a junior forward, led the Patriots with 23 points. Jasmine Gibson and Reilly Poirier each had13 points and Rianne Hofstraat and Machera Calhoun had nine and eight respectively.

          The Patriots took a 36-20 halftime lead and were never threatened in the second half. They outrebounded the visitors, who fell to 3-4, 47-36 as both Poirier and Evans completed double-doubles with 11 and 10 boards respectively.

             In the men’s game the Golden Bears (5-0) overcame a 36-34 halftime deficit by shooting 61 percent after the intermission in the four point upset. West Virginia Tech took the lead for good midway through the second half and pulled away to lead by as many as nine points. They ended the game shooting 54 percent while the Patriots shot just 39 percent.

             Kashiff Carr led four Patriots in double figures with 19 points. DeShawn Mitchell had 16 while Stephan Pope and Brandon Johnson scored 15 and 10 respectively.

            The Patriots open Mid-South Conference play Monday at home against Rio Grande. The women play at 6:00 followed by the men at 8:00.

                                                                       Patriots split two games in Big Sky Country

              The St. Catharine College Patriots journeyed 1,500 miles last week to play two basketball games – one for real and the other an exhibition. And fortunately for J.T. Burton’s men, they won the game that goes on the won/loss ledger.

         The site was Carroll College in Helena, Montana. The Patriots beat the host Fighting Saints of Carroll College 81-74 on Wednesday but lost the exhibition game to NCAA D-II Adams State (Colorado) 97-71on Thursday.

          Senior guard Brandon Johnson was on fire in the win over Carroll as the senior guard made eight of 13 3-point attempts in a 32 point performance. DeShawn Mitchell had 12 points and Delonte Taylor added 11 in the seven point victory.

           After shooting 48 percent in the win over Carroll the Patriots cooled off to just 35 percent in the loss to Adams State. That coupled with the torrid 66 percent shooting of the Grizzlies was a recipe for disaster.

           Adams State shot 73 percent in the first half to take a 46-33 lead and St. Catharine could never recover in falling to the 97-71 loss. Taylor and Mitchell had 15 and 14 points respectively and Stefan Pope had 13.

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