FRANKFORT, Ky. – Junior guard Josh Edwards hit a running teardrop with 1.4 seconds left to push No. 4 St. Catharine College past No. 5 Pikeville College 62-60 in the opening round of the 2010 Mid-South Conference tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The bucket came with Edwards going one-on-one against senior Jonathan Clark, who stopped him and forced him to back out before turning and getting the shot off. The floater went over the extended hands of the leaping 6-8 senior Anthony Smith and dropped right in the bottom of the net.
Pikeville (21-9) had one last chance, but a play designed to get a foul called on the inbounds play wasn’t realized and the pass into front court resulted in the ball getting tipped and was loose as the horn sounded.
Edwards finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Patriots, who will now play No. 1 Campbellsville in the 2 p.m. semifinal on Saturday.
The game was everything the 4-5 matchup is supposed to be. The 60-all tie that Edwards broke was the result of two free throws by junior Justin Hicks with 32 seconds left, and was the eighth time the score was even in the game.
St. Catharine (21-10) held the biggest lead of the game at six, which they held twice late in the first half. Pikeville led by four with 14:46 left when Clark hit two free throws.
Neither team shot particularly well. St. Catharine hit 44.2 percent while Pikeville was only 38.6 percent. Pikeville did hit 41.2 percent of its 17 three-point tries, while both teams shot well from the line. The Bears were 19-of-25 (76 percent) while the Patriots hit 12-of-16 (75 percent).
Senior Arthur Latham led victorious St. Catharine with 22 points off the bench. He had five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Freshman Trevor Setty paced the Bears with 15 markers off the bench. He was 3-of-7 from the arc and had three steals in the loss. Clark followed with nine points.