Math, Civics and Sciences held a 31-point advantage at halftime and Patterson’s second-half rally was too little, too late as it fell to the Philadelphia school, 81-63, in the Jameer Nelson Classic at Widener University.
MCS built a significant lead from the tip, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and going into the locker room at halftime up 49-18. Aquille Carr, who finished with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals, picked up his fourth foul early in the second quarter and sat as MCS’ lead ballooned.
Patterson (6-2) played without second-leading scorer Myrek Lee-Fowlkes, who did not make the trip.
MCS was led by sophomore guard Malik Starkes, who had a game-high 30 points and added five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Jeremiah Worthem had 16 points and seven rebounds for MCS, which led by as many as 37 points in the second half.
For Patterson, Devin Hebron had 19 points and eight rebounds; Shakir Brown had 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four steals; and Nyme Manns had seven points and six rebounds.
The Clippers return to action next Saturday against Price (Calif.) at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee.