No. 7 Richard Bland Rallies Past CCBC Catonsville (Md.) 89-82

No. 7 Richard Bland Rallies Past CCBC Catonsville (Md.) 89-82

SOUTH PRINCE GEORGE, Va. -- Sophomore Tim Bing Jr./Suitland, Maryland scored a team-high 20 points to lead No. 7 Richard Bland College to an 89-82 men's basketball victory past CCBC Catonsville (Md.) on Friday night in Statesman Hall.  Classmate Tre' Patterson/Richmond added a career-high 18 points for the nationally-ranked Statesmen (10-3), while sophomore Stanley Taylor/Petersburg had 12 points and eight rebounds for the hosts.  DeAnthony McCormick scored a game-high 26 points for the visiting Cardinals (1-9).  Richard Bland will break for the holidays before playing again at NJCAA Division I opponent USC Salkehatchie on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in Allendale, South Carolina.

Richard Bland fell behind early at 9-4 just 2:21 into the contest, but quickly closed to 9-8 at 16:30 following consecutive layups by Bing.  Catonsville maintained its advantage, however, leading by as many as six points during the opening half before the Statesmen tied it at 28-28 with 8:07 on the clock after a three-point field goal from freshman Marvin Trotman/Virginia Beach.  The Cardinals led 35-30 at 3:11, before a quick 9-2 run gave the home team its first lead at 39-37 with 1:47 left until halftime as Patterson ignited the outburst with a slam dunk.  Two free throws by Bing tied it again at 41-41, but the visitors made a last-second three-pointer to lead 44-41 at the intermission.  Trotman scored nine first-half points, while Bing and Patterson each had six.

Catonsville took its largest lead of the contest at 55-46 with 14:42 remaining, but Richard Bland responded with 11 unanswered points to lead 57-55 at 10:57.  Patterson again started the run with a dunk, followed by another dunk by Taylor, who added a layup, followed by a three-pointer from Bing and a basket by sophomore Ricky Hicks/Bronx, New York.  It was tied at 57-57 before a 13-2 run made it 70-59 at 5:58 as Patterson scored seven quick points.  The Statesmen took their largest lead at 85-71 with just 1:26 to play via a layup from sophomore Deon Joyner/North Charleston, South Carolina.  The Cardinals managed to close to within 85-80 with 32-seconds on the clock, but Trotman and Bing closed it out with two free throws each.

Bing led Richard Bland with his team-high 20 points, including 6-8 free throws, adding five rebounds and five assists.  Patterson added his career-high 18 points, along with five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.  Taylor finished with his 12 points and eight rebounds, adding two blocks, as well.  Trotman scored a career-high 11 points, adding three rebounds, while Joyner had eight points and Hicks added five points and a game-high six assists.  Richard Bland shot 52% (34-65) from the field, including 31% (4-13) on three-pointers, and 65% (17-26) at the free throw line.  The Statesman had a 52-34 advantage in points scored in the paint.

McCormick, the second-leading scorer in NJCAA Division II, led Catonsville with his game-high 26 points, adding seven rebounds and four assists, while Jasper Sterling added 10 points.  The Cardinals shot 44% (28-63) from the field, including 30% (6-20) on three-pointers, and 59% (20-34) at the line.

Richard Bland and Catonsville were playing for the fourth time in the sport of men's basketball, and the Statesmen lead the series, 4-0.