St. Catharine College coach J.T. Burton knew that his season opener would be a challenge as he took his Patriots to IU-Southeast Tuesday to take on a tough Grenadiers team. The challenge became even greater when the Patriots found themselves down 21 points at halftime and by as many as 24 in the second half.
But Burton’s bunch battled back to tie the score at 83-83 in the final minute. Then, following a Grenadiers’ turnover, the Patriots scored the game winning goal when Ervin Williams tipped in a missed Terrance Withers’ shot as time expired.
The final two points gave Williams a team high 23 points to go along with his 12 rebounds, also a team high. Josh Edwards added 22 points while Withers had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Grenadiers, a national tournament team last season that is ranked seventh this year in NAIA D-II, held the Patriots to 28 percent shooting in the first half as they built a 51-30 lead. Much of that margin came from the free throw line as IU-Southeast made 20 of 24 charity tosses (30-36 for the game) in the first half. St. Catharine made 16 of 26 free throws for the game.
The Patriots are idle until December 12th when they will play at Georgetown against the Tigers in the Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament.