It took a while Thursday night before the Patriots could get a leash on the visiting Bulldogs of Knoxville College. But led by Jawan Demus’ career high 19 points, St. Catharine pulled away in the second half for a 91-70 win.
St. Catharine (5-4) led just 37-31 at halftime but Demus poured in 16 of his points in the second half as the Patriots pulled away for the easy win. The game was much like the November 15th game in Knoxville when the Patriots led 32-28 at halftime but claimed a 101-68 victory.
Demus, often near the end of the Patriots’ substitution rotation, hit five 3-point goals, four of them in the second half, as the Patriots overcame the pesky Bulldogs (1-8). Four other Patriots joined Demus in double figures as Omar Skinner had 17, Dominique Roy 13, Kevin Kornegay 12 and DeShawn Mitchell 10.
Led by Roy’s nine rebounds, the Patriots beat the Bulldogs on the glass 52-40. Skinner and Mitchell each had seven rebounds and Demus had six.
The Patriots shot 48 percent for the game while holding Knoxville to 35.5 percent. Both teams were 11-32 from 3-point range. The Bulldogs made just five of 14 free throws while the Patriots were 14-25 at the line.
Next up is another non-conference game for the Patriots as Morthland College visits Lourdes Hall on Saturday for a 4:00 tip-off.