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Campbellsville University's Tigers, playing some of their best basketball of the season, dismantled St. Catharine College and came away with its fourth straight win 71-58 Saturday in Springfield.
The Tigers, who hit 5-7 on three-pointers in the first half while the Patriots (0-17) were shooting blanks, burst out to a 37-17 lead at the half.
SCC closed to within 39-26 two and a half minutes into the second half, but CU responded with a 10-3 run of its own, punctuated by a fall-away three by Cedric Henderson as the shot clock was winding down.
“The last three games we’ve shot it well,” coach Keith Adkins said. “And that has to do with us taking good shots and Cedric creating opportunities off the dribble.”
CU (20-8) led by as many as 27 in the second half as they canned 51percent of its shots from the field and an efficient (until missing six of eight down the stretch) 11-18 from the free throw line. Campbellsville rang up an impressive 63 percent from three-point range and seemed to answer every SCC run with a couple of bombs.
“We talked about what our best game plan would be and we decided on coming out and getting after them and competing,” Adkins said. “And, I think for the most part, we did.”
The win moves the Tigers into a third-place MSC tie with SCC and Cumberlands at 8-6.
“Our guys are hungry right now,” Adkins continued. “We know what we can accomplish if we keep winning.”
Henderson led Campbellsville with 20 points and was joined in double figures by Justin Ennis (12) and Malik Thomas (10). Delonte Taylor led SCC (13-11) with 18 points.
The Tigers play at Lindsey Wilson on Thursday (9:00) and Cumberlands on Saturday (4:00).