After taking a break for turkey the St. Catharine Patriots (5-3, 1-1 MSC) traveled to Columbia, Ky. to take on nationally ranked Robert Morris College (7-2) and Life University (6-5).
The St. Catharine Patriots have a knack for playing “David versus Goliath” with three of their last four contests being against ranked opponents and a Thanksgiving special at Lindsey Wilson wouldn’t change that a bit. The Eagles of Robert Morris University came into the contest with the Patriots holding a top 10 ranking nationally and the Patriots would make them earn every vote as they took the Eagles to the wire. Trailing by 10 at the break the Patriots would trade blows with the Eagles for the majority of the second half until trailing by as many as 20. However, following a basket by Will Bailey (Valley, Ala.) the Patriots climbed right back into the battle, cutting the lead to a manageable 10. Even with the surge and a 55-30 rebounding advantage, the 3-12 free throw shooting and the sub 50 field goal percentage in the first half led to their demise as they fell 84-73.
With no time to rest the Patriots stepped back on the floor the next day to take on the #23 Life University Eagles. For the Patriots the first half would look much the same on the scoreboard, but a 62.1 field goal percentage would keep the Patriots within striking distance. Following a 22-12 run by the Patriots, the once 14 point advantage by the Eagles was erased. Led by a strong performance from Julito Hutchinson (Atlanta, Ga.) with 18 points and nine rebounds, the Patriots carried their momentum until the end of the contest, sealing the 104-98 victory. The Patriots had seven players in double digit scoring, including Will Bailey, Julito Hutchinson, Chris Johnson (Bowling Green, Ky.), Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.), Keyon Milliner (Indianapolis, Ind.), Dominique Roy (Penn’s Grove, N.J.), and Will Tolefree (Stone Mountain, Ga.). “We played really well as a team in both games” said Head Coach JT Burton. “If you look at stats, we should have won both games, but that’s why we play.”
The Patriots will hit the road for Bluefield College this weekend as they take on Barber-Scotia College and former Mid-South Conference foe West Virginia Institute of Technology.