Frankfort, Ky. -- The Patriot men’s basketball team saw their season come to an end tonight after a 78-62 loss to Georgetown (Ky.) in the Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Kentucky.
The loss closes the book on the first season under head coach, Joe Krupinski. In their first season under Krupinski, the Patriots compiled an 8-22 record overall and a 3-13 mark in the MSC.
Once again leading the way was Brandon Bobb Jones (Wilmington, Del.). Jones collected his 15th double-double of the season with 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Ten of those rebounds came on the defensive end with the other seven coming on the offensive end.
Chris Johnson (Bowling Green, Ky.) posted his second double-double in as many games with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The final Patriot in double figures was Emory Bennett (Miami, Fla.) who finished with 18 points.
It took the Patriots four minutes and 15 seconds before they were able to get on the scoreboard as the Tigers (26-3) opened the game on a 13-3 run.
After Georgetown held a 25-16 lead, St. Catharine answered with an 11-3 run to pull within one at 28-27. But over the final 2:07 in the first half, the Tigers closed on a 6-1 run to take a 34-28 lead into the locker room.
Coming out of the break, the Tigers began to add to their lead. They opened the second stanza on a 9-3 run to extend their lead out to double digits at 43-31 just three minutes into the half.
After the Tigers built a 56-43 lead, the Patriots went on a quick 5-0 spurt to cut the lead to eight, but Georgetown responded by scoring 10 straight to extend their lead back out to 18, 66-48. St. Catharine never got closer than 14 over the final 7:39 as they fell 78-62.
It was a night that the Patriot offense would like to forget as they shot just 29 percent (23-79) from the field for the game. The Tigers on the other hand, shot a bit better finishing at 39 percent (22-56) for the game.
Coach Krupinski will now turn his attention to the offseason as he has to replace four seniors. He loses, Nick Porter (Owensboro, Ky.), Chris Johnson, Brandon Bobb Jones and Emory Bennett to graduation.