February 02, 20131st2ndFinal
Cumberland (Tenn.)363470
St. Catharine College403676
Stats at a GlanceCU-MSCC
FG Percentage.453 (29-64) .455 (20-44)
3P FG Percentage.350 (7-20) .500 (4-8)
FT Percentage.625 (5-8) .842 (32-38)
Offensive Rebounds1412
Defensive Rebounds1019
Total Rebounds2431
Bench Points00
PointsHolt - 24
McMillan - 18
ReboundsStewart - 4
McFadden - 4
Holt - 4
Skinner - 11
AssistsBlackmon - 4
Skinner - 3
StealsStewart - 3
Tolefree - 4
BlocksHolt - 4
Wilkins - 4
Late Patriot push stifles Bulldogs
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Late Patriot push stifles Bulldogs
Kenneth Stripling scored 11 points for CU in a 76-70 loss to St. Catharine Saturday evening.

ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – St. Catharine College used a 22-5 run in the last 5:37 and drained 32-of-38 free throws to defeat Cumberland, 76-70, Saturday evening at Lourdes Hall.

Down 11 in the final minutes, the Patriots outscored the Bulldogs 17-0 to regain the lead they had surrendered at the 14:19 mark. St. Catharine only connected on five field goals during the final stretch but went 13-of-15 from the line compared to zero trips for CU.

Creshaun Holt was the game’s leading scoring with 24 points (18 of which came in the first half), Lester Gude registered 13 points and Kenneth Stripling added 11.

Stripling’s bucket pushed CU’s lead to 11 before St. Catharine took control of the game in the second half on a 3-point play by SCC’s William Tolefree with 5:06 remaining in the contest. Three CU turnovers continued to put the ball in the Patriots’ hands, and St. Catharine’s Arthur McMillan converted another 3-point play to give his team a 66-65 lead with just over a minute to go.

Two Tolefree free throws and a bucket by Travis Wilkins pushed the Patriots out in front 71-65 with 41 seconds on the clock. Gude hit a three to cut SCC’s lead to three with half-a-minute to play. The Patriots’ Dominique Roy hit the back end of a double bonus to raise the lead to four, and a field goal by Stripling cut the lead to two with nine seconds left. St. Catharine went on to hit their next four free throw attempts while CU was unable to get a good look at the basket.

Cumberland (8-14, 4-10 Mid South) started the game sinking two free throws due to a pregame technical called on SCC, and Holt scored the next eight points for the Bulldogs to put CU up 10-4 four minutes into the game. Tolefree connected on a 3-pointer to tie the game at 24 with 6:39 remaining in the first period and then hit two free throws to give the Patriots a two-point advantage.

The next 11 points for SCC came from the foul line before Holt made a bucket at the first half buzzer as the Bulldogs left trailing 40-36.

In the second half, Lester Gude pushed the Bulldogs out in front 41-40, draining a 3-pointer within the first minute of play. Over the next eight minutes, neither team led by more than three points until Towns scored two shots in the lane for a 55-50 Cumberland lead. Towns then connected with Holt on a lob for a dunk, giving the Bulldogs a seven-point lead with 9:38 remaining in the game.

Twenty-eight fouls were called on the Bulldogs compared to 11 on SCC, leading to the 38 trips to the line for the Patriots, while CU stepped up to the charity stripe eight times.

Arthur McMillan led St. Catharine (10-10, 6-8) with 18 points. Wilkins and Tolefree scored 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Cumberland travels to their last non-conference game at Bethel University on Monday for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off before beginning a four-game homestand next Thursday versus Campbellsville University at 8 p.m.