It was a road contest for both the St. Catharine men and women Thursday when they traveled to conference foe Georgetown to take on the Tigers. But the electrified atmosphere in Alumni Gym was more like a St. Catharine home game as the Patriot partisans turned out in huge numbers to cheer the visiting teams.
But the numbers that counted were put up by the home Tigers as they swept the Mid-South Conference doubleheader. Lena Bramblett’s women fell 81-64 and J.T. Burton’s men came out with a 73-61 setback.
The loss was the fifth straight for the Patriot women who are now 8-14 overall and 3-7 in conference play. Georgetown snapped an eight game losing streak and is also now 3-7 in the MSC and 7-14 overall.
The SC women led by as many as eight points in the first half but Georgetown stormed back to take a 37-31 lead at the half. The lead changed hands often through the first six minutes of the second half before the Tigers scored eight unanswered points to take control.
That control was built on a huge 53-29 rebounding edge by the Tigers. Twenty-four of those rebounds came on the offensive boards while St. Catharine had just seven offensive caroms.
Courtney Milam led the Patriots with 20 points while Carol Ruiz-Lopez added 13. Kourtney Tyra had 15 points to lead Georgetown.
In the men’s contest the pace was torrid but the scoreboards were not overworked early as only four points, all by Georgetown, were scored in the first 5:30 of the game. The Patriots never got the lead in the game and trailed 37-25 at the intermission as the host Tigers made 17 of 24 free throws in a foul-marred first 20 minutes.
The Patriots did regroup to start the second half with a 16-4 run that brought them within two points at 43-41. But they could never draw even with the Tigers who slowly built the advantage back to the final 12 point advantage.
The final statistics were close as both team made 21 field goals. The Patriots shot 37.5 percent from the field while Georgetown was at 40 percent. St. Catharine was 4-16 from three point range while the Tigers were 3-13 from long range. Georgetown held a 45-38 rebounding advantage but the most telling stat came at the foul line where the home team was 28-38 and the Patriots were 15-26.
St. Catharine was led by Kashiff Carr’s 19 points. Ervin Williams, plagued by early foul trouble had 10 points. The victory gives Georgetown a 9-1 record which is two game ahead of St. Catharine and the University of the Cumberlands who are tied for second at 7-3. The Tigers, ranked seventh nationally are 20-2 overall and the 13th ranked Patriots dropped to 13-5 for the season.
Another road doubleheader is on tap Saturday for St. Catharine as they travel to Shawnee State.