Tip-In Dooms Eagles
Wilmore, Ky. - A tip-in by Brandon Johnson as time expired gave St. Catharine a 69-67 win over Asbury in their season opener. Phillip Morrison had tied the game with seven seconds left with two free throws and the Patriots pushed the ball up the right side. Kevin Owens took a jumper from the corner and Johnson was on the weak side to tap the ball in just before the horn sounded.
Asbury (0-1) was led by Phillip Morrison's 25 point effort on eight-of-16 shooting including three-for-seven from three-point range and a perfect six-of-six from the charity stripe. Morrison was also tied for a team high three assists with Brian Johnson. Johnson was one of three other Eagles in double figures with 12, joining Justin Jones and Cory Britt who added 11 and 13 respectively. Jones led the team with seven rebounds in his first collegiate game and made his presence felt on the defensive end with three blocks.
The Eagles dug themselves a hole down 38-28 at halftime, but came with a different attitude late in the second half. Asbury shot 54% from the floor in the second half and was near perfect at the free throw line, hitting eight-of-nine. The Eagles erased a 19 point lead with 15 minutes remaining in the game to finally tie it with seven seconds left. The result wouldn't go the Eagles' way as Brandon Johnson won the game for the Patriots.
Asbury will play Virginia Intermont on Saturday at 6:00 pm in the final game of the 14th Annual Zweifel/Pritchett Classic. Virginia Intermont lost to Berea on Friday 99-66.