Friday, December 5, 2014


     The Patriot men’s basketball team (2-8, 0-4 MSC) returned to conference play last night against the Cumberland University Bulldogs (5-5, 2-2 MSC). The Patriots made a late push to cut it to single digits late, but to no avail as they fell 74-68.

     Aishon White (Newark, N.J.) led the way with a game high 23 points. Lorenzo Dewberry (Detroit, Mich.) came on strong in the second half scoring 18 points in the second frame. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Patriots 38-28.

     The Bulldogs started the game hot scoring eight points before the Patriots knew what hit them. The Bulldogs continued to push the tempo when they pushed their lead to its largest of the half at 17 (22-5) with 9:27 left. The Patriots cut the lead to 10 after Aishon White converted on an old fashioned three point play, but the Bulldogs still held a 33-20 advantage at intermission.

     The Bulldogs led by double digits for most of the second half except for the final three minutes when the Patriots made it interesting. The Patriots made one last run when they trailed 60-47 with 3:53 remaining; after a pair of freebies by Brandon Bobb Jones, a trey by White, and back-to-back threes by Dewberry, the Patriots trailed by just six. The Patriots got it down to four, but it was too late as the Bulldogs hung on for the 74-68 victory.

     The Patriots will look to get their first conference win this Saturday when they travel to Lindsey Wilson College to battle the Blue Raiders.