It took five extra minutes and the ability to maneuver around 36 turnovers and 36 personal fouls. But with the help of Brandon Johnson’s 32 points, which included 10 three-pointers, the St. Catharine Patriots outlasted Life University in Atlanta 115-111 in overtime Tuesday.
St. Catharine (13-10) overcame a 49-41 halftime deficit to tie the game at 99-99 at the end of regulation. They quickly took the lead in the overtime period and never trailed in posting the four point victory. Johnson had five treys in the first half and added five more in the second half and overtime to set a school record for long distance bombs.
Th3e Patriots had four players foul out and two others with four personals while the Eagles (13-13) had three players foul out as they collected 34 fouls in the game. St. Catharine was 32-47 (68 percent) from the foul line while Life was 32-44 (73 percent) at the stripe.
The Patriots, who shot 49 percent from the field, had three players join Johnson in double figures. DeShawn Mitchell had 19 points and Stefan Pope and Travis Wilkins had 17 apiece.
St. Catharine returns to Mid-South Conference action Saturday with a home game against Campbellsville University. The Patriots are in third place with an 8-5 record in conference play that puts them one game behind second place Lindsey Wilson and one game ahead of fourth place Campbellsville. Saturday’s tip-off is at 4:00.