Thursday, January 8, 2015


     Matt Taylor’s team had a short break for the holidays, but returned to action on December 29th for a game against NAIA D-II power, Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.). The Patriots fell to 4-9 after a 95-84 defeat against the Wolves (10-6).

     St. Catharine had five players score in double figures, led by Ben Vozzola (Las Vegas, Nev.) who poured in a game-high 23 points. Lorenzo Dewberry (Detroit, Mich.) added 19, while Brandon Bobb Jones (Wilmington, Del.) and Romeo Lewis (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Khalil Murphy (Willingboro, N.J.) netted his first double-double as a Patriot with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

     The Patriots got off to a quick start to open the game holding a four point advantage three minutes into the game. The Wolves answered with eight unanswered to take their first lead of the game, but after back-to-back buckets by Nick Porter (Owensboro, Ky.) and Murphy the game was tied at 10 apiece. The next 10 minutes proved to be a back and forth battle as the two played to a tie at 27. The Wolves then scored 10 in a row to take a 10 point lead with 3:18 remaining in the half. St. Catharine answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to three forcing the Wolves to call a timeout. The Wolves ended the half on a 7-2 run to take a 44-36 lead into the break.

     The Wolves owned the opening minutes of the second half by going on a 12-2 spurt to take a commanding 18 point lead with 13:26 left. The Wolves continued to pressure the Patriots after they pushed their lead to 25 with eight minutes to play. The Patriots cut it to 11 with 2:47 remaining, but the two traded baskets over the final two minutes as the Wolves held on for a 95-84 win.


     After their game against Cardinal Stritch, the Patriots traveled to take on NCAA foe, Western Carolina University on Tuesday. The game was counted as an exhibition for the Patriots, but that didn’t stop them from hanging tough with the Catamounts. St. Catharine had the lead down to one in the second half, but couldn’t get over the hump as they fell by a score of 86-70.

     Lorenzo Dewberry led all scorers with 29 points, with 21 of those coming from long range where he connected on seven of 15 three point attempts. Khalil Murphy continued his strong showing with 14 points off the bench. Ben Vozzola pitched in with 10 points. As a team the Patriots hit 15 of their 35 shots from long range. The Patriots might have won the battle from long range, but they were dominated on the inside where the Catamounts outscored the Patriots 40-4 in the paint.

     The home team jumped out to a quick four point advantage to open the game, but after a layup by Vozzola and a trey by Dewberry the Patriots held their first lead of the game. WCU answered with a 13-5 run to take a seven point advantage with 13:16 remaining in the half. The lead for the Catamounts was short lived, after a three by Vozzola the Patriots took a two point lead with 6:33 remaining in the half. Over the final 6:33, WCU closed the half on a 16-4 run to take a 40-30 lead into the locker room.

     The Patriots came out firing on all cylinders to open the second half. After WCU extended their lead to 12, the Patriots went on an 11-0 run fueled by back-to-back 3’s by Dewberry, a trey by Murphy and a layup by Jones, the lead was down to one, 45-44. That was as close as the Patriots would get, as the home team answered with a 15-2 run to take a 14 point lead with 10:24. St. Catharine never got any closer than nine over the final 10 minutes as they lost 86-70.

     The Patriots will return to action this Saturday when they host Tennessee Wesleyan at 2 PM at Lourdes Hall.