Tuesday, November 25, 2014


     Saturday’s game in Lourdes Hall was a series of runs as both St. Catharine and the visiting University of the Cumberlands traded punches for 40 minutes. But the decisive run belonged to the visitors who pulled away in the second half for a 76-69 Mid-South Conference victory.

     Cumberlands (8-1, 3-1 MSC) sprinted quickly to a double digit lead and led by as many as 15 (26-11) in the first half. But Matt Taylor’s squad regrouped with a 27-4 run to close the half and took a 38-30 lead into the locker room. That rally was fueled by six 3-point goals in the opening period in 13 attempts and a 9-2 edge on the offensive boards.

     In the second 20 minutes Cumberlands gradually cut into the advantage and took the lead at 50-48 with 7:15 to play. Aishon White’s jumper allowed St. Catharine to tie the game at 53-53 but Jessie Pernell’s trey with 6:46 remaining gave Cumberlands the lead for good.

     Bryson Harris had 14 points to lead four St. Catharine players in double figures. Brandon Bobb Jones, Nick Porter and White each scored 11 points.

     Chance Armstrong scored 19 points to lead Cumberlands who shot 51 percent for the game. St. Catharine (1-7, 0-3) shot 35 percent from the field and hit 65 percent from the charity stripe (11-17). Cumberlands was 14-22 (64 percent) from the foul line.

     St. Catharine won the rebounding battle 39-30 as Khalil Murphy led the way with seven boards while Jones, White and Kody Hughes grabbed six apiece.

     The Patriots are idle until December 1st when they play at Wilberforce University (Ohio).