Cardinals win thriller, advance to CAC final

Feb 27, 2003

WASHINGTON - Junior Blair Mills, left, hit two free throws with two seconds on the clock and Catholic survived a last attempt by Marymount as the Cardinals moved on to the 2003 Capital Athletic Conference final in a 58-56 win over the Saints Thursday night at the DuFour Center. Mills' trip to the free-throw line came after a tough rebound underneath after a Carlton Phelps missed jumper.

Four Cardinals finished in double figures led by Craig Avallone's 13 points. Matt Hilleary added 12 points and nine boards while Adam Dickman chipped in 11 points and dished out five assists.

Phelps registered a game-high 17 points and teammate Will Downey scored 15 points and grabbed 13 caroms.

After CUA took a 37-27 lead at the half, the Saints rallied using a 15-2 run to open the second half to take its first lead since early in the game.

Two Joel D'antignac free throws gave Marymount (14-12) a four-point lead with 10 minutes to play. But back-to-back treys by Mills and Avallone restored the CUA lead.

Down by three with just over two minutes in the game, Dickman squared up at the top of the arc and drained his third trey of the game, to tie it at 56-56.

Both teams each had a chance to take the lead with under a minute but were unable to get the go-ahead bucket.Mills' rebound off of Phelps' miss set the stage for the dramatic ending.








Craig Avallone (with ball) soars for two of his 13 points

The Cardinals (24-3, No. 9 connected on 11-of-26 from beyond the arc, tying a season-high and was 20-of-52 from the floor for the game.

Catholic advances to the CAC Tournament Final to face the No. 2 seed, Mary Washington (No. 25, on Saturday at the DuFour Center at 2 p.m