Catholic 75, SUNY-Old Westbury 50
2004 NCAA Tournament First-Round

Mar 4, 2004

WASHINGTON --- Three Cardinals scored in double figures as Catholic defeated SUNY-Old Westbury, 75-50, in a 2004 NCAA Tournament First-Round game Thursday night at the DuFour Center.

Senior William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) led Catholic with 15 points. Sophomores Shane Sowden (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth's) and Matt Tanner (Eldersburg, Md./St. Maria Goretti) each added 14 points off the bench.

The win propels CUA to a second-round game at Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, March 6th at 7 p.m.

A packed DuFour Center saw Catholic defeat SUNY-Old Westbury
Photo by Gary Pierpoint CUA Publications

"Our reserves scored big baskets tonight and have helped out all year. Matt (Tanner) and Shane (Sowden) both played well especially when Will (Morley) got in foul trouble" CUA Head Coach Mike Lonergan said after the game.

Sowden was one of three Cardinals with eight rebounds as Catholic (24-5) held a 44-39 edge on the glass. The forward also added three blocks.

Tanner scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half as Catholic shot 48.4% in the first stanza. The Panther's struggled, hitting 7 of it's 32 shots (21.9%) in the first 20 minutes and trailed 39-19 at the break.

The Cardinals kept a 20-point cushion for most of the second half and took a 58-35 lead with 8:46 remaining as Tanner drained his third trey of the night.

"The bench definitely stepped it up tonight," added Lonergan, who won his 251st career game in the process.

Morley had 15 points on 7-of-17 shooting and acknowledged the bench play, which outscored Old Westbury, 42-12, was a big factor. "A big part of our win tonight and all year are the threats off our bench. We definitely are going to need them on this playoff run," said Morley, who scored his 1,700th career point in the win.

SUNY-Old Westbury head coach Bernard Tomlin admitted youth and inexperience played a big role in the game. "We are a young team and this is our first experience in the (NCAA) Tournament. Catholic just played with a lot of consistency and poise."

Deverent Williams led the Panthers (19-9) with 17 points and Michael Garrett added 11 points.

Senior Blair Mills (Hebron, Md./Wicomico) chipped in eight points, eight boards, and two blocked shots.

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