The final score will show that St. Catharine lost by one points Saturday at the University of Rio Grande in Mid-South Conference basketball. But the 70-69 verdict wasn’t really that close as the Patriots connected on two late treys, including one at the buzzer to account for the final margin.
The RedStorm (12-12, 3-7) took the lead for good at 60-59 with 3:50 to play on a jumper by Jermaine Warmack. They built that lead to 69-63 before Brandon Johnson’s two late bombs made the final score close.
The contest was close throughout as there were seven ties and 15 lead changes. The Patriots (10-10, 6-5) led 39-37 at the half.
St. Catharine shot 41 percent for the game but only 37 percent in the second half on 10-27 from the field. They were 7-22 from three point range and made 14-22 free throws.
The RedStorm had similar numbers in all areas. They hit 43 percent from the field including 3-18 from behind the arc. They made 14-22 free throws. Both teams had 41 rebounds and the Patriots had 18 turnovers to Rio’s 17.
DeShawn Mitchell led four Patriots in double figures with 20 points. Melo Smith added 13 and Stephan Pope had 11 points, with a game high 10 rebounds, and Johnson had 10 points.
The Patriots are back home for their next two conference games. Thursday they play UVA-Wise in an 8:00 game and Saturday they host defending national champion Pikeville at 4:00.