Catholic 74, Hampden-Sydney 68

March 2, 2002

Photo by Jennifer Howes, The Tower
Craig Avallone goes up against Hampden-Sydney's Matt McKeag in the first half of Saturday's 74-68 win.

WASHINGTON - Kevin Wise and Matt Hilleary scored 16 points each to lead Catholic University to a 74-68 victory over Hampden-Sydney in an NCAA Division III Tournament second-round game at DuFour Center on Saturday.

Freshman point guard Bobby Henning sealed the win by hitting four free throws in the final 12 seconds. CUA (26-2) will host Clark University (22-5) on Friday in a sectional semifinal at 8 p.m. The Cardinals defeated Clark last year to advance to the Final Four.

CUA is the only school in the nation to advance to the past five Sweet Sixteens.

Sophomore forward Jason Holman scored a game-high 20 points for Hampden-Sydney (23-6). Jeff Monroe added 19 points and David Willson 14. Holman and Willson grabbed a game-high six rebounds each.

Craig Avallone (14 points) hit his second straight 3-pointer to give CUA its biggest lead of the game, 47-35, with 16:12 to go in the game. The Tigers narrowed the lead to one, 61-60, on a Brandon Randall basket at the 5:58 mark. They trailed by two before Henning (11 points, nine assists) was fouled and hit both free throws with 12 seconds remaining.

After the teams exchanged turnovers, Henning stole the ball, was fouled and hit two more from the line for the final margin.

Hilleary scored 14 first-half points to lead the Cards to a 34-31 advantage at the break. Wise opened second-half scoring by nailing one of his four 3-pointers. CUA hit all five of its 3-point attempts after halftime and 7 of 12 overall. Hampden-Sydney was just 3 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Will Jawando tied Hilleary for the Cardinals' rebounding lead with five and finished with seven points.