Catholic 94, York 78

Jan. 30, 2002

WASHINGTON - Junior Kevin Wise (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame[N.J.]) tallied a career-high 28 points to lead Catholic past York 94-78 in a key CAC contest Wednesday night at the DuFour Center. Wise was 9-for-15 for the game including 6-for-9 from 3-point land. He also hit four of five from the free-throw line as the Cardinals helped to further cement its place up top the conference
standings. The game also had importance in the Mid-Atlantic regional rankings as Catholic and York were ranked No. 2 and No. 4 respectively.

York featured the third leading scorer in the CAC in Andy O'Brien, who was averaging nearly 20 points a contest, but Catholic forced him into tough shots early on. Despite 0-for-8 shooting in the first half, O'Brien finished with 19 points while teammate John Ely led the Spartans with 21 points including five 3-pointers.

Along with Wise's 28 points, junior Matt Hilleary (Manassas, Va./Seton School) poured in a career-high 26 and added 13 rebounds for his ninth double double of the season. Junior Craig Avallone (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Acad.) scored all of his 18 points in the first half.

After the teams traded baskets in the first half, Catholic (18-1, 9-0 CAC) used the momentum of Wise's three free throws after he was fouled on a long jumper to increase their lead to eight at 33-25. From there, Avallone's 3-pointer ignited a 15-6 run to close out the period. Catholic went into the locker room up 48-35.

In the second half, Wise caught fire early and often to score 19 of his 28 points. He was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc and his trey at the 9:07 mark gave CUA a 72-57 lead. York (15-5, 7-2 CAC) wouldn't go away and cut the lead to eight on Jason Hunt's 3-pointer with just over six minutes to play. Hilleary would help Catholic to a season sweep as he scored eight of the next 17 points to help seal the win.

York shot 43.5% for the game while Catholic was a similar 43.4%. The story of the game was rebounding as Catholic dominated the glass, holding a 59-32 rebound advantage.

The Cardinals (18-1, 9-0) return to action on Saturday as they travel across town to face Gallaudet in a CAC game starting a 4 p.m.