The Running Eagles of Life University (Marietta, Georgia) are eighth in the nation (NAIA) in scoring with an average of 86.3 points a game. To the misfortune of St. Catharine College that average only got better when Life got tough against J.T. Burton’s Patriots Tuesday night with a 113-105 victory in Marietta.
“It was an unbelievable game,” said Burton whose team fell to 17-7 for the season. “They hit their first eight 3-point attempts to start the game and they were nine for fifteen in the first half.”
That hot shooting, 53 percent in the first half and 54 percent for the game, propelled the Running Eagles to a 56-50 halftime lead. The Patriots faced double digit margins most of the second half but were able to get within five points with 1:28 to play.
As hot as Life was from the field, they were much better at the free throw line where they hit 27-28 in the second half and 32-37 (86.5) percent for the game.
“We outrebounded them by 20 (45-25) including 21 offensive rebounds but we couldn’t overcome the early three point shooting and the free throws,” added Burton.
The Patriots, who beat Life by 15 points early in the season, weren’t bad offensively either as they shot 54 percent for the game from the field. But they made just two of nine 3-point attempts and were 66 percent (21-32) from the foul line.
Antoine Watson led five St. Catharine players in double figures with 24 points. Kashiff Carr had 22 and Xavier Keeling scored 21. Ervin Williams had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Brandon Johnson added 12 points.
The Patriots return to Mid-South action Saturday at Campbellsville University. That game will start at 8:00 as part of a women’s / men’s doubleheader to be televised by Wazoo Sports.