In a non-conference game Thursday at West Virginia Tech, the Patriots fell behind by nine points at halftime. And that is exactly where the game ended as the Bears prevailed 78-69.
The loss came despite a hot shooting second half as the patriots made 12 of 22 for 54.5 percent. But they shot only 47 percent (7-15) from the foul line after intermission, and 54 percent overall, while the bears sank 76 percent (16-21) of their charity tosses.
Kashiff Carr led four Patriots in double figures with 15 points. Melo Smith and Delonte Taylor had 11 points and Stefan Pope added 10.
The Bears, 15-7, held a 45-30 rebounding advantage including 16 caroms on the offensive boards. Travis Wilkins led St. Catharine in rebounding with eight.
The Patriots, 10-9 overall and 6-4 in the Mid-South conference, will play at Rio Grande in Ohio on Saturday in a conference match-up. Rio Grande is 11-12 overall and 2-7 in the conference. In the earlier meeting between the two teams the patriots won 83-77.