Friday, January 23, 2015


     The Patriot men’s basketball team (6-11, 2-5 MSC) returned to Mid-South Conference play last night when they traveled to Shawnee State University (7-10, 1-6 MSC). Matt Taylor’s team made a late comeback, but came up short as they fell, 82-76.

     Ben Vozzola (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the Patriots with 15 points, while Brandon Bobb Jones (Wilmington, Del.) added 14 points and eight boards. Lorenzo Dewberry (Detroit, Mich.) pitched in with 13 points. Nick Porter (Owensboro, Ky.) and Khalil Murphy (Willingboro, N.J.) tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively. Vozzola and Julito Hutchinson (Atlanta, Ga.) pulled down 10 rebounds apiece to help the Patriots will the rebounding battle, 46-39.

     The Patriots quieted the home crowed early by bolting out to a 7-0 advantage. The Bears cut it to four after a trey, but the Patriots answered with 9-0 run to extend their lead to 13 less than seven minutes into the game. The next couple of minutes was a seesaw battle, but the home team embarked on a 26-7 run over the final 11:23 that would give them a 34-26 lead heading into the locker room.

     In the second half the Bears opened with a trey to extend their lead to double figures, 36-26. The Patriots fought back with a trey by Jones and back-to-back 3’s by Porter to pull within one, 36-35. The Bears answered with five unanswered to extend their lead back to six with 15:40 remaining. The Patriots got the lead back down to three, but the home team extended their lead back to 10 with 11:11 remaining. St. Catharine made one final push with a minute remaining when they went on a 7-1 run to cut the lead to five with 25 seconds remaining, but the Bears sank the freebies in the final minutes to hold on for an 82-76 victory.

     The difference in the game seemed to be at the charity stripe where the Bears went 32-43 good enough for 74.4 percent, whereas the Patriots went 10-17 good enough for 58.8 percent. Neither team shot the ball particularly well, the Patriots shot 39.3 percent and the Bears shot 38.2 percent.

     The Patriots will have a quick turnaround as they travel to MSC foe Georgetown College on Saturday at 4 PM. The Tigers are ranked 17th in the latest polls and are coming off an upset of #1 Campbellsville University on Thursday night, 88-76.