Catholic 81, Mary Washington 63

Jan. 16, 2002

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Catholic's sharpshooters came to life in the second half as the Cardinals shot a season-best 57.4% from the floor in an 81-63 victory over Mary Washington in a CAC contest Wednesday evening.

Junior Kevin Wise (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame) was the leading scorer for the second consecutive game and led four Cardinals in double figures as he netted 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. He was part of a aerial assault that hit 31 of 54 shots compared to the Eagles' 25-for-68 (36.8%) effort. Junior Craig Avallone (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) rebounded from a 1-for-7 shooting performance on Monday to connect for 15 points.

Catholic dominated the boards early and often as Mary Washington (3-9, 1-4 CAC) missed on their opening possessions and did not hit a field goal until the Eagles Brett Lively hit a jumper almost five minutes into the game. Lively led MWC with 13 points and teammate Cris Hairston scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. CUA held a 42-29 carom advantage led by Matt Hilleary (Manassas, Va./Seton School) who snared a team-high eight boards. The junior also tallied 12 points, and tied a season-high with four blocks.

The Cardinals (14-1, 5-0 CAC) raced out to a 10-0 lead and kept a double-digit lead for the entire half by limiting the Eagles to 9-for-33 (27.3%) from the floor. Catholic went into the locker room leading 36-23.

Wise and Avallone came alive in the second half to continue the shooting barrage as Wise hit for 13 of his 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting and nailed three big 3-pointers. Avallone, 1-for-5 in the first half, went 5-for-8, finishing with 15 points.

The Eagles pulled within 10 points on John Kidwell's jumper with just over nine minutes to play, but consecutive 3-pointers from Wise and Avallone put the game out of reach.

Freshman Bobby Henning (Bricktown, N.J./East Brunswick) scored a season-high 12 points while dishing out six assists and sophomore Blair Mills (Hebron, Md./Wicomico) was solid off the bench, totaling nine points and hauling in seven rebounds.

Catholic resumes action on Saturday as they take on Marymount at the DuFour Center in a CAC game starting at 4 p.m.