St. Catharine, Ky. -- In what would be called their biggest win of the season, the St. Catharine men’s basketball team (7-17, 3-8 MSC) upset No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) 80-78 in Lourdes Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Brandon Bobb Jones nailed a triple with 16 seconds remaining that would be the eventual game-winner as Campbellsville missed a contested trey on the other end as time expired. The Wilmington, Del. native nearly missed a triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Jones wasn’t the only Patriot to come up big in the upset. Chris Johnson (Bowling Green, Ky.) finished with 18 points, while Bryson Harris (Louisville, Ky.) added 13. The trio of Jones, Johnson and Harris combined to hit nine of the Patriots’ 11 3’s on the game.
St. Catharine torched the nets shooting 55 percent (33-60) from the field and 48 percent (11-23) from 3-point land. The Tigers matched the Patriots from long range, but shot just 33 percent. Campbellsville couldn’t match the Patriots hot shooting hitting 27-of-63 (43 percent).
After the game was tied at 9-9, the Patriots began to seize control when David Jump (Williamstown, Ky.) connected on his second triple in a four minute stretch to push the St. Catharine lead out to double figures for the first time at 31-21 with 7:07 left in the first half.
The Tigers (18-7, 5-6 MSC) answered the run with a 13-2 run of their own to take a 34-33 lead. But over the final 4:18, the Patriots went on a 12-4 taking 45-38 lead to the locker room. During the run, Bryson Harris connected on back-to-back 3’s to end the half.
Coming out the break the Patriot lead ballooned back out to nine, 54-45. But things took a wrong turn for the home squad. Emory Bennett (Miami, Fla.), who finished with 11 points, was whistled for a personal foul and then a technical foul and was sent to the bench with four fouls.
The technical ignited a spark for the Tigers as they connected on all four free throws after the technical foul. The four freebies were the beginning of what would become an 18-5 run that saw the visitors take a 63-58 lead with 10:56 remaining.
After the run by the Tigers, the Patriots responded by tying the game at 70 with 4:59 remaining. After the two teams traded baskets as Campbellsville held a one point edge, but the Patriots called a timeout that allowed Coach Joe Krupinski to draw up a play.
Out of the timeout, Emory Bennett received the ball in the post and drew and extra defender. He then dished a pass to the open man, Brandon Bobb Jones, who nailed the triple with 16 seconds remaining. The Tigers had to force up a contested three as time expired, but the shot bounced off securing the 80-78 upset for the Patriots.
St. Catharine is back in action on Thursday when they travel to Williamsburg, Ky. for a matchup against Cumberlands (Ky.) beginning at 8 p.m. ET.