Catholic 62, Goucher 51

Feb 26, 2004

WASHINGTON --- Catholic advanced to its third straight Capital Athletic Conference Championship game with its 62-51 win over Goucher Thursday night at the DuFour Center in semifinal action.

With the win, the second-seeded Cardinals will play at the top-seeded Eagles of Mary Washington this Saturday in the 2004 CAC Tournament Championship at 1:30 p.m..

The Cardinals put the game away courtesy of a late 13-5 run capped off by a big three-pointer by sophomore Matt Tanner (Eldersburg, Md./St. Maria Goretti) with 1:58 in the game, giving the Cardinals a 57-47 cushion.

Tanner finished with 11 points off the bench including three key buckets from downtown. Senior William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) and freshman Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) each scored 14 points to lead CUA.

Catholic had their biggest lead of the first half when senior Blair Mills (Hebron, Md./Wicomico) drained the first of his three treys on the evening to give the Cardinals an 18-7 lead with just over eight minutes in the period. But the Gophers would outscore CUA 15-9 the rest of the way to trail 27-22 at the break.

Jonathan Garritt then gave Goucher its first lead of the second half with his putback inside to make it a 37-36 game with 11 minutes to play.

The Cardinals would find themselves down 42-38 before rallying to take the lead for good. Sophomore Patrick Satalin (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) nailed a clutch three to cap a 5-0 run and lead 43-42 with 7:52 on the clock.

Mills totaled 13 points while Dwyer added a team-high 10 boards for his first double-double of the season.

Pierre Jones had 13 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs, and Trevor Quinn added 10 points and seven boards for the Gophers (13-13).

Catholic shot just 20-of-50 (40%) for the game but were 11-of-22 shooting in the second half. The Gophers didn't fare much better, going just 18-for-61 (29%) from the floor.

Also with the win, the senior class reached the 100 win mark for their careers. Morley, Mills, and Adam Dickman (Walkersville, Md./Thomas Johnson) stand with an all-time mark of 100-18