Hilleary leads Catholic to 82-65 win against York in CAC semis

WASHINGTON - Sophomore forward Matt Hilleary (Manassas, Va./Seton School) scored 16 points and blocked a career-high six shots to lead No. 15 Catholic to its ninth consecutive victory, 82-65 over York (Pa.) in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament at DuFour Center on Thursday.

The top-seeded Cardinals (21-5) will host sixth-seeded Marymount University (12-14) on Saturday for the CAC championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Saints, who won the CAC last year, advanced with a 57-49 victory at St. Mary's (Md.).

Tim Judge scored 14 points for CUA and Pat Maloney 13 to become just the eighth player in school history to score at least 1,500 career points. Maloney added six assists, four rebounds and three steals.

John Ely led York (14-12) with 14 points and Steve Schmehl had 13. Andy O'Brien was held to 12 points, 7.4 below his season average. The Spartans made just 22 of 73 shots (30.1%) and 14 of 26 (53.8%) from the line. The Cards made 30 of 64 (46.9%) from the field - despite a dismal 3-for-18 mark (16.7%) from 3-point range - and 19 of 24 (79.2%) free throws.

Maloney scored all of his points in the first half, including 10 in a row, to give the Cardinals a 20-16 lead with 7:12 to go before halftime. His 1,500th point came on a steal and layup at the 10:06 mark. CUA led 35-26 at the break. Maloney ended the night with 1,507 career points.

After O'Brien hit a 3-pointer to draw York within 35-29, the Cards embarked on a 10-1 run to build a 45-30 lead with 15:49 to go. The Spartans cut it to 59-48 before CUA salted the contest with a 13-2 sprint to lead 72-50 with 4:05 to play.