Frankfort, Ky. – After playing their last four games within the rigorous Mid-South Conference, the Patriot men’s basketball team (5-15) stepped out MSC play to travel to Frankfort, Ky. to battle Kentucky State.
St. Catharine held a nine point advantage with 13:24 remaining, but the Thorobreds (7-6) took the lead for good when they hit a trey with 4:06 left in regulation en route to a 90-84 victory over the visiting Patriots.
Both teams torched the nets as they both shot over 50 percent for the game. The Patriots connected on 52 percent of their shots while Kentucky State shot 54 percent. St. Catharine held an advantage from long range when they connected on 9-of-17 while the Thorobreds hit 7-of-22.
Brandon Bobb Jones (Wilmington, Del.) paced the Patriots with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Emory Bennett (Miami, Fla.) continued his strong play as of late with 16 points, while Bryson Harris (Louisville, Ky.) pitched in with 13.
In the past few games the Patriots struggled to get any production from their bench. But on this night the Patriot reserves outscored the Kentucky State bench, 27-24. Much of that was thanks to the play of Tyler Smothers (Lexington, Ky.). Smothers poured in a career-high 19 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field including 3-for-3 from three.
In the early going it was the Thorobreds that jumped out to a 17-10 advantage, but the Patriots turned the seven point deficit into a nine-point advantage. Kentucky State ended the half on a 7-2 run to cut the Patriot lead to 42-38 at intermission.
In the second half the Patriots came out firing. A trey by Smothers with 13:24 remaining pushed the St. Catharine lead to nine. From that point on the Thorobreds began to chip away until they took the lead for good with 4:06 remaining en route to a 90-84 win.
St. Catharine will jump back into Mid-South Conference play this Thursday when they host archrival Georgetown (Ky.) at 8 p.m. ET.