Any hopes the St. Catharine College Patriots had of returning to the NAIA National tournament for the second consecutive year were quickly dashed Friday when they fell to Campbellsville 68-48 in the opening game of the Mid-South Conference tournament in Frankfort.
Twenty turnovers and 37 percent shooting from the field doomed the Patriots as their season ended with a 14-13 record. Campbellsville, 21-10, lost to Georgetown in the semifinals 81-73 and then Cumberlands upset Georgetown in Sunday’s championship game 60-54.
St. Catharine was able to lead throughout the first half and still held a 25-21 lead until Cedric Henderson, the MSC Player of the Year, canned a half court shot at the first half buzzer to cut the lead to one point.
The Tigers carried that momentum into the second half as they scored six unanswered points to lead 30-25. They followed that with a 10-2 run and the Patriots never really challenged for the lead after that.
DeShawn Mitchell scored 16 points but was the only player in double figures for the Patriots who recorded their lowest point total of the season. St. Catharine shot 40 percent from the field but only 14 percent (3-21) from three point range. They made three of seven free throw attempts.
Campbellsville, who shot just 36 percent in the first half, found the range in the second half with 57 percent shooting and ended the game at 46 percent. They were 7-21 (33 percent) from three point range and were 9-14 from the foul line. The Patriots outrebounded the Tigers 36-31. Mitchell and Delonte Taylor had seven rebounds each.