Catholic 82. York 77

Jan 29, 2003

YORK, Pa. - Fourth-ranked Catholic overcame two big deficits in both halves to defeat York, 82-77, for a come-from-behind win in a Capital Athletic Conference action Wednesday night. Junior William Morley scored 14 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and senior Matt Hilleary added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Down 21-11 early in the first half on the road, the Cardinals (16-2, 7-0 CAC) kept their composure and chipped away at the lead. With just over six minutes in the period, Blair Mills tied the game at 30-30 with his layin. The junior recorded six points and seven rebounds.

The Spartan's Steven Grimes hit the back end of two free throws with 29 seconds remaining to give York a four-point lead but freshman Patrick Satalin sent the teams into the half with his 3-pointer and cut the YCP lead to 40-39 at the break.

Andy O'Brien, the CAC's leading scorer, scored 14 of his game-high 26 points on the second frame. His jumper in the lane gave York a 62-54 lead with 9:25 to play.

Two possessions later, Hilleary blocked a shot by Steve Schmehl, one of his three on the night, to ignite CUA on a 20-2 run to pull ahead 74-64 with 1:19 to play. York was able to dent into the lead several times, but Catholic clinched the game from the free-throw line down the stretch. Schmehl added 20 points for York (10-7, 4-3 CAC).

Morley was 11-for-15 from the floor and added six boards, and three steals. His 11 field goals were also a career-high. Senior Craig Avallone added 12 points and eight caroms and sophomore Will Jawando chipped in eight points and six rebounds as the two helped CUA to outrebound the Spartans, 52-34.

The Cardinals return to action this Saturday, Feb.1, with a CAC game against Gallaudet here at the DuFour Center at 4 p.m.