Catholic 72, York (Pa.) 69

Nov. 28, 2001

YORK, Pa. - Junior Matt Hilleary (Manassas, Va./Seton School) was one of three Cardinals to score in double figures as No. 13 Catholic won its CAC opener 72-69 over York (Pa.) on Wednesday night. Hilleary also grabbed nine rebounds and added two blocks. Juniors Craig Avallone (Lincroft, N.J./CBA) and Kevin Wise (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame N.J.) scored 17 and 14 points respectively.

Avallone was 7-for-11 from the floor making several tough baskets while Wise connected on four three-pointers on the night. The Spartans' Andy O'Brien led all scorers with 25 points.

With the score knotted at 9-9 early in the contest, York's Tim Hawken (10 points) hit one of his two three-pointers to put the Spartans up three. Layups by Alex Bernstein and Steve Schmehl increased their lead to 16-9, their largest of the game. Sophomore Blair Mills' (Hebron, Md./Wicomico) layup would ignite a 10-0 run to put Catholic back on top. After YCP's John Ely (11 points) hit a three-pointer to give York a 27-25 lead four minutes to go in the half, the Cardinals responded by holding the Spartans to just one field goal. Big three-pointers by Avallone and Wise gave CUA a 38-29 lead at the break.

The second half saw York (3-2, 0-1 CAC) climb back into it courtesy of a 13-4 run in which Catholic converted on just one field goal. The two teams managed to tie the game five times as each team hit big shots down the stretch.

Hilleary's jumper broke a 64-64 tie with 55 seconds left in the game. York's Tim Hawken missed a chance to score on the next possession as Wise, returning from what appeared to be a dislocated finger injury earlier in the half, grabbed the loose rebound. Fouls would put Catholic on the free-throw line and the Cardinals responded, hitting six of six from the line to ice the win.

Catholic (2-1, 1-0 CAC) shot 43.9 % (25-for-57) from the floor while York was just 38.7% (29-for-75). The key factor in the game was in the free throws. Catholic hit 17-for-18 from the line for the game and York was just 2-for-3 from the charity stripe, with all three attempts in the second half.

The Cardinals return to action on Saturday, Dec. 1, with a conference game with Goucher at 4 p.m. at the DuFour Center.