Cardinals upset in CAC Final

Mar 1, 2003

WASHINGTON - No. 25 Mary Washington defeated No. 9 Catholic, 70-68, to win the 2003 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Saturday afternoon at the DuFour Center.

Matt Hilleary scored a game-high 23 points but his potential game-tying short jumper with three seconds would not fall as the Eagles broke a 12-game losing streak to the Cardinals.

Cris Hairston was one of four Eagles, the tournament's second-seed, to score in double figures with 15 points. Evan Fowler added 13 points, five assists, and four steals.

An 11-2 run by Mary Washington (24-4) midway through the first half allowed the Eagles to take a 35-26 lead, its largest of the half. CUA cut the lead to 40-36 at the half as Adam Dickman beat the buzzer with his one-handed tip-in from the right baseline.

Brett Lively drained a three-pointer to cap a 7-0 run by the Eagles as Mary Washington jumped out 49-41 early in the second period.

But the Cardinals, the top seed in this year's tournament, fought back from the nine-point deficit by outscoring the Eagles 8-0 over the next four minutes.

Hilleary's three-point play made it a 65-64 MWC lead with 1:35 remaining.

Fowler hit the front of a one-and-one with 22 seconds to make it a 70-68 Eagle lead. Catholic had its first crack at the tying score denied as Dan Dupras blocked Kevin Wise's drive to the basket. Wise would get his own rebound and call timeout with nine seconds to play. Wise and William Morley both finished with 11 points respectively. Morley grabbed a game-high nine boards.

Hilleary's chance rimmed out and Catholic's scramble for the rebound was too late, as the final buzzer sounded.

Catholic (24-4) shot 42.9% from the floor and outrebounded the Eagles 39-32 but committed 18 turnovers to MWC's 12.

The Cardinals will wait for NCAA Tournament pairings that will be announced Sunday at at 9 p.m.