Big Second Half Propels Catholic past Marymount

Jan 18, 2003

ARLINGTON, Va. - Matt Hilleary had his first double-double of the season to help the seventh-ranked Cardinals to a 71-60 win over Marymount in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup Saturday afternoon. The senior center scored a team-high 19 points and added 12 rebounds as Catholic broke open a 28-28 deadlock at the break by shooting 53% in the second half.

After being held scoreless in the first half, junior William Morley scored all of his 14 points in the second stanza.

The Saint's Bert Rueger led all scorers with a game-high 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting.

Hilleary scored the first ten points for the Cardinals (13-2, 4-0 CAC) as CUA raced out to a 12-4 lead. Marymount would answer back as the teams traded leads four times in the period. With his team down 28-25 with just over a minute in the half, freshman Patrick Satalin nailed a three-pointer to tie it at 28-28 as the teams went into the locker room. Satalin finished with six points.

Marymount's Corey Diamond sank a three-pointer early in the second frame to give the Saints (5-9, 0-4 CAC) its last lead of the game as on the next Cardinal possession, Will Jawando lined up and hit on his first trey of his CUA career to put the Cardinals back on top. The sophomore scored a career-high 13 points and added a block.

The Saints could only get as close as 49-43 with eight minutes to play before Catholic went on a 7-0 run.

Morley then sealed the game as his three-point play followed by a trey at the top of the key on consecutive possessions gave CUA 64-50 lead with three minutes in the contest.

Senior Craig Avallone added 10 points, eight rebounds, and five assists as the Cardinals hold a 22-10 lead in the all-time series.

Catholic returns to action on Wednesday as they travel to St. Mary's for a CAC tilt at 8 p.m.