West Florida gives CUA first loss of the year

Dec 16, 2002

Pensacola, Fl.- Catholic suffered their first loss of the season as the University of West Florida downed the Cardinals, 91-70. The Argonauts placed five players in double figures in the victory.

West Florida, a Division II school that competes in the Gulf South Conference, broke open a six-point halftime lead due to hot shooting. The Argos were 15-of-25 from the floor in the second stanza and 32-of-61 for the game.

Catholic trailed by five points with just over five minutes in the game but a 22-7 run by West Florida (6-2) to close the game ended any type of comeback.

Senior Craig Avallone finished with a team-high 19 points, one shy of his career-high, on 6-of-12 shooting. Teammate Kevin Wise tallied 18 points, going 6-of-11 from beyond the three-point line. The senior was one trey shy of tying a career high as well.

The 21-point defeat was the worst since 1999, in a 90-49 loss at Division I Princeton.

Catholic (7-1) resumes action Saturday, January 3rd as they host the 16th annual CUA Pepsi Classic at the DuFour Center. Gettysburg and Frostburg State tip it off at 2 p.m. and Washington & Jefferson takes on the Cardinals at 4 p.m. The Consolation and Championship games will take place on Sunday, January 4th starting at 2 p.m.