"This is the fourth time this year that we have played them tough," Elkins said. "We knew going in that if we weren't ahead late in the game then they were going to spread it out. That's their game plan. We were down enough that when they went spread we couldn't catch up. I think the third quarter killed us. We had some unforced errors and took some quick shots.
"I have to take my hat off to Charleston Catholic. They beat us four times and we have lost five games. Looking back on the season, we are one throw-in basket [a 63-61 buzzer-beating loss to St. Mary's] from a four-loss season, and all four losses would have been to Charleston Catholic."
At the end of the third quarter, the Irish led 39-28. The closest the Bison would get the rest of the way was eight points down.
After shooting a dismal 30 percent (9 for 30) shooting performance in the first half, Catholic led by just 19-17. McClanahan said better shot selection in the second half also played a major factor in the win.
"We discussed that [poor shooting] at halftime," McClanahan said. "We shot as many 3-pointers in the first half [1 for 11] as we usually do for a game. Our shot selection needed to be better. We needed to quit settling for 3s and attack the basket or take mid-range jumpers."
The rims weren't as generous for the Bison, particularly their 3-point specialist and second leading-scorer Laythen Good, who came in averaging 15.1 points. Good scored just four Wednesday while shooting 1 for 10 from the field and 1 for 6 on 3-pointers.
"I don't know if it was a difference [playing in the Civic Center]," Good said. "I just wasn't making my shots. Maybe it was an off day but I just didn't have it today."
Levi Jordan led the Bison with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Robinson and Aaron Lewis contributed 10 points apiece.