Cardinals Earn 20th Win, Advance to ECAC Final

LANCASTER, PA. (March 4, 2005) -- Catholic University reached the 20-win plateau for the eighth consecutive season with an 85-76 victory over Carnegie Mellon University in the ECAC Southern Region semifinals at Mayser Center on Friday.

The Cardinals (20-9) will play at host Franklin & Marshall College for the regional title on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Diplomats downed CUA, 81-64, at DuFour Center on Dec. 21.

Scott Fumai led the Cardinals with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Matt Spierenburg had 10 points and a career-high seven blocks. Mike Wasilenko supplied 14 points and six assists and Shane Sowden had 13 points and seven boards.

Nate Maurer scored a game-high 32 points for Carnegie Mellon (19-7), and Clayton Barlow totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds.

CUA, which led 41-31 at halftime, made 29 of 37 (78.4 percent) free throws. Spierenburg added four rebounds and a steal. He was 4 of 5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the line.

Cardinals Earn ECAC First Round Victory in Overtime

CENTER VALLEY, PA. (March 2, 2005) - Pat Satalin hit a three-pointer with 48 seconds to go to lift Catholic University to a 72-71 overtime victory at DeSales University in an ECAC Southern region tournament first-round game Wednesday.

The Cardinals (19-9) will play Carnegie Mellon University at Franklin & Marshall College on Friday at 8 p.m.

Shane Sowden led CUA with 19 points and five blocks. Patrick Dwyer scored 18 points and Scott Fumai had 14 points and seven rebounds.

After Satalin (14 points) broke a 69-all tie with his game-winning 3-pointer, Michael Venafra missed a trey before Drew Christman converted two free throws for the final margin. DeSales (20-8) stole the ball with 16 seconds to go but Venafra missed a layup as time expired.

Christman posted game highs of 25 points and nine rebounds. Venafra finished with 12 points but was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.

The Cardinals made all 13 of their free throws and headed into overtime tied at 65. They will be looking for their eighth straight 20-win season Friday.

Cardinals Receive ECAC Bid, Will Play at DeSales University on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2005) - The Catholic University men's basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the ECAC Division III Men's Southern Basketball Championship. It marks the Cardinals' eighth consecutive postseason appearance.

CUA (18-9), seeded sixth in the eight-team tournament, plays at DeSales University (20-7) in Center Valley, Pa., on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The winner will play the winner of the Carnegie Mellon-Gettysburg contest on Friday. Franklin and Marshall is the top seed.

The Cardinals last played in the tournament in 1986, which it won with a 90-86 victory at Frostburg State University. The late Jack Bruen, who went on to become head coach at Colgate University, was CUA's coach. Mike Lonergan, the winningest coach in Cardinal history, who last week accepted an offer to become the University of Vermont's next head coach, was the Cards' starting point guard.

CUA was denied extending its streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances by losing at York (Pa.) College, 73-62, in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship game Sunday. For the Washington Post's account of the game, visit:

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Cardinals Bow Out in CAC Tournament Final

YORK, PA. (Feb. 27, 2005) - Brandon Bushey scored 21 points and Brad Zerfing hit eight consecutive free throws at game's end to lead York (Pa.) College to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a 73-62 victory over Catholic University at Wolf Gymnasium on Sunday.

The Spartans (25-2), ranked 20th in Division III, earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and won their first CAC title. The Cardinals (18-9) will miss the NCAA playoffs for the first time in eight years but hope to receive a bid to an ECAC Tournament.

Zerfing finished with 13 points, Chad McGowan 11. Brian Singer totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Shane Sowden led CUA with 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Pat Satalin scored 16 points and Patrick Dwyer 11.

The Cards rebounded from a six-point deficit in the second half to tie the contest at 60 on two Dwyer free throws. Zerfing hit the first of his eight straight free throws with 3:06 to play. After CUA missed its fourth straight foul shot, Bushey made four in a row from the line and York led 72-60 with 27 seconds left.

The top-seeded Spartans succeeded on 15 consecutive free throws in the final 8:11 to finish 22 of 30 (73.3 percent) overall. The second-seeded Cardinals, meanwhile, were just 16 of 30 (53.3 percent). They won last year's CAC crown with a win at the University of Mary Washington.

York hit six 3-pointers in the first half and had eight of its 11 steals to take a 35-30 lead into halftime. It committed just six turnovers for the game and forced CUA into 13. Ben Seibert added seven rebounds for the Spartans.

Cardinals Advance to CAC Championship with 79-64 Victory over Marymount

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2005) - Pat Satalin scored 16 points, including five free throws in the final 32 seconds, to lift Catholic University to a 79-64 victory over Marymount University in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament at DuFour Center on Friday.

The second-seeded Cardinals (18-8) will play at No. 20 York (Pa.) College (24-2) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in search of their eighth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Spartans thumped Goucher College, 89-64.

Scott Fumai had 15 points and eight rebounds for CUA, and Shane Sowden 13 points and six rebounds. Patrick Dwyer added 10 points.

Brandon Parker led Marymount (10-16) with 16 points. Ed Carral had 13 points and Charles Atakora 10 points and eight boards.

The Cards led by 16 with 6:29 to play before Marymount capitalized on three CUA turnovers in a 9-0 run to trail 57-50 with under five minutes left. Dwyer halted the run with a pair of free throws, and a Satalin jumper gave the Cardinals an 11-point cushion with 2:37 to go.

A 12-4 Saints run brought them within three. Satalin sank two free throws to push the lead back to five. Mike Wasilenko hit two from the line to make it a six-point game and, after a 3-pointer by Evan Martin, Satalin salted the win with two more free throws with 3.5 seconds left.

CUA, trailing 19-18, scored the next 15 points to take a 33-19 lead with 3:46 left before halftime. Fumai ignited a seven-point possession during the blitz by hitting a layup and adding two free throws on an intentional foul. The Cardinals retained the ball and Tim Burke scored a three-point play. Fumai tallied 13 points in the first half and CUA went into halftime leading, 37-21.

Satalin finished 9 of 10 on foul shots and the Cardinals were 35 of 45 (77.8 percent). CUA shot 50 percent from the field and held Marymount to a 6 of 24 showing from 3-point range.

NOTES - Cardinal senior captains Tim Burke and Jeff Baccash made their final appearances at DuFour Center. Burke hit 3 of 5 shots and two free throws in 19 minutes; Baccash did not play. ... Satalin added five assists and three rebounds while playing much of the opening 20 minutes at point guard because Wasilenko picked up his second foul with 9:42 to go before halftime. ... This is CUA's first three-game winning streak of the year and avenges two regular-season losses to the Saints. ... Former Cardinal Coach Mike Lonergan, who left last year to become an assistant coach at the University Maryland, accepted the head coaching job at the University of Vermont on Friday. Lonergan, who attended the game, is CUA's winningest coach with 251 victories in 12 years, including the 2001 national championship. ... Joe Wootten, O'Connell High School boys basketball coach, was also in attendance.

Cardinals Score Final Seven Points to Rally Past Salisbury, 55-54

WASHINGTON (Feb. 22, 2005) -- Mike Wasilenko's jumper capped a game-closing 7-0 run to rally Catholic University to a 55-54 victory over Salisbury University in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament at DuFour Center on Tuesday.

The Cardinals (17-8) will host Marymount University at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Patrick Dwyer led CUA with 15 points and scored seven straight before Wasilenko's floater in the lane with 29 seconds left. The Seagulls (10-16), who led 54-48 with 2:28 to go, called two timeouts before Segun Odumera missed a desperation 3-pointer from the top of the key and time expired.

Scott Fumai added nine points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals, and Pat Satalin scored all nine of his points on three consecutive treys to spark CUA to a 28-22 halftime lead.

Ray Williams led Salisbury with 15 points, Odumera had 10 and Rico Stewart totaled 10 points and eight rebounds.

After the Cardinals took a 30-22 lead, the Seagulls surged ahead with a 22-8 run to lead by six with 7:27 remaining. A Williams' jumper pushed the Salisbury advantage to 49-41 and it was starting to look like the Seagulls would repeat their upset at CUA from last week. But when Matt Fohner converted a Stewart pass into a bucket underneath to make it 54-48, it was Salisbury's final points.

Dwyer answered with two free throws, hit an improbable left-handed layup, was fouled and made the ensuing foul shot to pull the Cards within one with 1:03 left. Satalin set up the three-point play by taking a charge from Williams.

Odumera missed a jumper, Shane Sowden secured his sixth rebound and CUA called a 30-second timeout once it got the ball past mid-court. After Wasilenko's lane jumper, Salisbury set up for a potential game-winning shot by twice calling timeout, the last with 9.1 seconds to go. Odumera lost the ball off his leg with about four seconds left and once he retrieved it near halfcourt, took a couple dribbles and launched a 3-point shot that bounced off the rim.

This was the second time Wasilenko beat the Seagulls with a late shot. On Jan. 26 at Salisbury, the sophomore point guard went the length of the court and dropped in a floater with five seconds remaining in a 54-52 triumph.

Cardinals Earn Second Seed in CAC Tournament with 64-55 Win at Gallaudet University

WASHINGTON (Feb. 19, 2005) - Pat Satalin scored 18 points, Shane Sowden 13 and Patrick Dwyer 11 to lead Catholic University to a 64-55 victory at Gallaudet University on Saturday.

The Cardinals (16-8, 9-5 Capital Athletic Conference) finish tied for second in the CAC with the University of Mary Washington, but earned the second seed because of their two victories over the Eagles this season. CUA will host Salisbury University on Tuesday night in the opening round of the CAC Tournament.

The win was the Cards' 23rd straight over the Bison (6-19, 1-13) and second this week by nine points. Frank Jackson led Gallaudet with 29 points and 13 rebounds.

Clinging to a 55-51 lead with 3:27 to play, Dwyer and Sowden scored inside before Jackson hit a follow shot to make it 59-53, CUA. Satalin sealed the triumph with four straight free throws in the final minute.

Sowden and Dwyer paced the Cards on the boards with seven apiece. Sowden connected on 7 of 10 free throws as CUA hit 22 of 28 (78.6 percent). It was the Cardinals' fourth-best foul-shooting performance of the year.

Satalin's three 3-pointers in the first half sparked CUA to a 33-25 lead at the break.

Odumera, Stewart Lead Salisbury University in 64-57 Upset at Catholic University

WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2005) - Segun Odumera scored 16 points and Rico Stewart had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Salisbury University to a 64-57 victory at DuFour Center on Wednesday.

Ray Williams added 15 points and Justin Rice 10 for the Seagulls (9-15, 4-9 Capital Athletic Conference), which rallied from seven down early in the second half and ended a nine-game losing streak to the Cardinals (15-8, 8-5). Jeremy Kincaid added 10 rebounds.

Shane Sowden led CUA with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Scott Fumai scored 14 points. Stephen Wheeler grabbed a career-high eight rebounds and scored five points off the bench.

After the Cardinals scored the first bucket of the second half to go ahead 34-27, Odumera punctuated a 18-5 Salisbury run with a jumper to put the visitors up, 45-39. The Cards cut it to one on a Patrick Dwyer layup with 5:57 remaining, but could get no closer.

Following a Fumai 3-pointer to draw CUA within 53-51, Rice answered in kind. Another Dwyer layup made it 60-57, Seagulls, with under a minute to play. Stewart sealed the upset by grabbing a rebound off a missed Rice free throw, getting fouled and making two from the line. Williams closed the scoring with two more free throws to finish 7 of 9 from the stripe.

The Cardinals shot just 24.2 percent after halftime and 30.5 percent for the game.

CUA, which fell to third place in the CAC, closes the regular season at Gallaudet University on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Sowden's Double-Double Paces Cardinals Past Gallaudet, 61-52

WASHINGTON (Feb. 14, 2005) - Shane Sowden's 15 points and 10 rebounds led Catholic University to a 61-52 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Gallaudet University at DuFour Center on Monday.

Scott Fumai added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals, who won their 21st straight over their cross-town rival and improved to 15-7 (8-4 CAC). Frank Johnson paced Gallaudet (6-17, 1-11) with 11 points and eight rebounds, and Robert Haney had 10 points and nine assists.

Sowden, who recorded his fifth double-double, scored six straight points in a 13-4 run midway through the second half to make it 44-35, CUA. He punctuated the flurry with a fast-break dunk on a pass from Pat Satalin, who scored eight points and made all five of his free throws.

The Bison, who led 27-24 at halftime, closed to within five before Mike Wasilenko scored all six of his points. When Satalin found Fumai underneath, the Cardinal lead was back to 13, 52-39, with 4:58 to go.

Junior Matt Spierenburg, making his first start for CUA, scored six points and blocked a career-high five shots. Tim Burke tallied seven points off the bench.

NOTES - The Cardinals improved to 94-16 against Gallaudet. ... CUA hosts Salisbury University at 8 p.m. Wednesday before closing at Gallaudet on Saturday at 4 p.m. ... Tonight's contest was a make-up game from the Jan. 22 game that was postponed because of snow.

Solid Performances Lift CUA over Goucher, 86-81

TOWSON, MD. (Feb. 12, 2005) - Shane Sowden led five players in double figures with 20 points to guide Catholic University to an 86-81 victory over Goucher College at the Sports & Recreation Center on Saturday night.

The Cardinals (14-7, 7-4 Capital Athletic Conference) salted the win by hitting 7 of 8 free throws in the final 28 seconds, four by Scott Fumai, who finished with 16 points. Pat Satalin scored 14 points and Patrick Dwyer had 11 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds. Mike Wasilenko added 10 points.

Garrett Smith led Goucher (16-7, 7-5) with 20 points and Jermaine Saunders had 17.

Trailing 37-36 at halftime, CUA built an eight-point cushion on two Fumai free throws with 7:07 to play. The sophomore forward later hit a layup off a Sowden pass to put the Cards on top, 79-70, with under two minutes left. But the Gophers scored eight of the next 10 points to draw within three at the 18-second mark.

Wasilenko then hit 1 of 2 free throws and Fumai rebounded the miss, was fouled and made two from the line. After Saunders' only 3-pointer of the game trimmed the Cardinal lead to 84-81, Fumai closed the scoring by making two foul shots with seven seconds left. He finished 12 of 15 overall from the stripe, including 9 of 10 in the second half.

Matt Spierenburg came off the bench to tally four points, four boards and four blocks. Sowden had eight rebounds (six offensive) and Dwyer collected five off the offensive glass. CUA out-rebounded Goucher, 45-34. Sowden hit 8 of 12 foul shots and Dwyer 5 of 8. The Cards made 29 of 41 (70.7 percent) free throws.

Smith hit 10 of 14 shots for the Gophers and Saunders was 6-for-10. Goucher made just 5 of 20 3-pointers, while CUA was 5 of 13. Steven Papageorge sank 3 of 4 triples for nine points.

The Cardinals host Gallaudet University at 7 p.m. Monday.

Bushey, Seibert Lead York (Pa.) College to 67-57 Victory at Catholic University

WASHINGTON (Feb. 9, 2005) - Brandon Bushey had 14 points and five assists, and Ben Seibert 11 points and nine rebounds to power York (Pa.) College to a 67-57 victory over Catholic University at DuFour Center on Wednesday.

The Spartans (19-2, 9-2 Capital Athletic Conference) swept the season series for the first time in 11 years and enjoyed its first win at CUA since 2000. Brad Zerfing added 10 points for York, which shot 53.1 percent from the field and won its fifth straight.

Mike Wasilenko led the Cardinals (13-7, 6-4) with 14 points and Pat Satalin scored 11. Scott Fumai recorded nine points and a team-high eight rebounds.

York, ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region, seized control with a 14-3 run that ended with it leading 26-16 with 5:53 to go before halftime. Zerfing led the assault with six points, including a 3-pointer. The Spartans made 14 of their 29 first-half field goals and went into the break leading 33-24.

CUA got as close as six early in the second half, but was never able to mount a substantial run as the York defense played well throughout. The Cards' leading scorer and rebounder, Shane Sowden, was held to a season-low five points and four rebounds before fouling out with 6:30 to go.

The Cardinals made 20 of 48 shots (41.7 percent) and hurt themselves from the free-throw line once again, converting just 52.4 percent. They didn't make consecutive free throws until less than a minute remained.

Patrick Dwyer had nine points and five rebounds for CUA, and Matt Spierenburg totaled seven rebounds and three blocks off the bench.

The Cardinals play at CAC rival Goucher College on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Satalin's 21 Points and Five Overtime Free Throws Lead Cardinals over St. Mary's, 67-66

WASHINGTON (Feb. 5, 2005) - Pat Satalin made all five of his free throws in overtime and scored a game-high 21 points to help Catholic University slip past St. Mary's (Md.) College, 67-66, at DuFour Center on Saturday.

After missing a potential game-winning free throw with 1.9 seconds left in regulation, Satalin hit three early in overtime and added two with 15.1 seconds to play to give the Cardinals (13-6, 6-3 Capital Athletic Conference) a 67-63 lead. Ben Stewart closed the scoring for St. Mary's (9-11, 5-5) with a three-pointer as time expired.

Shane Sowden and Mike Wasilenko scored 10 points each for CUA, and Patrick Dwyer tallied nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks. It was the Cardinals' 10th straight win over the Seahawks.

Ryan Junghans led St. Mary's with 19 points and John Dewey had 16 points and a game-best 13 rebounds. Jerome Habel added 16 points and six rebounds.

Satalin made 4 of 8 from the field, including two three-pointers, and connected on 11 of 13 from the line. Dwyer made 3 of 5 and the Cards were 19 of 24 (79.2 percent) overall.

After Habel tied the game at 57 on a three-pointer, Dwyer scored underneath with 19 seconds to go in the second half. Wasilenko then fouled Junghans on a three-point attempt, but the Seahawks' rookie guard missed the first free throw before hitting his final two to tie the game.

Habel fouled Satalin in the backcourt and the junior guard went to the line with under two seconds remaining. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, and after St. Mary's threw the ball away, the Cardinals got it back under their basket. Sowden missed a trey to send the contest into the extra session.

CUA seized control early in the opening period with a 19-0 run and 23-11 lead. Reserve center Matt Spierenburg scored all nine of his points during the flurry. The Cardinals went into halftime with a comfortable 36-22 advantage and seemed in command with a 12-point spread with 7:10 left in regulation. St. Mary's responded by scoring the next 10 points in the midst of a 12-1 run to trail by just 53-52 at the 3:22 mark.

CUA hosts CAC-leading York (Pa.) College on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Sowden, Fumai Pace Cardinals at Mary Washington, 50-46

FREDERICKSBURG, VA. (Feb. 2, 2005) - Shane Sowden and Scott Fumai scored 13 points each to propel Catholic University to a 50-46 victory over the University of Mary Washington at Goolrick Gym on Wednesday.

Sowden added nine rebounds and four blocks, and Fumai had eight rebounds. The Cardinals (12-6, 5-3 Capital Athletic Conference) swept the season series from the Eagles (14-6, 6-3).

Mike Lee led all scorers with 17 points and A.J. Fitzgerald had 11.

CUA jumped to a 13-0 lead and led 27-24 at halftime. Lee's 3-pointer gave Mary Washington its first lead, 40-39, with 7:42 to play. Sowden blocked Lee's next three-point shot and Mike Wasilenko hit a layup to put the Cards back on top. Wasilenko finished with six points, six assists and four boards.

The Eagles trimmed the CUA lead to 47-46 at the 2:59 mark on a Fitzgerald trey, but missed their final four shots. Fumai hit three free throws in the final 1:06 to close the scoring. The Cardinals, who have struggled from the line this season, made eight of 10 overall. Mary Washington missed its only three foul shots.

Marymount Rallies for 77-72 Overtime Victory

WASHINGTON (Jan. 29, 2005) -- Kip McCoy scored a game-high 23 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime to rally Marymount University past Catholic University, 77-72, at DuFour Center on Saturday.

McCoy's 3-pointer from the left wing gave the Saints (7-10, 3-3 Capital Athletic Conference) a 71-68 lead with 1:01 to play. Marymount, which trailed by seven with 4:37 to go in the second half, sealed the win by making its final six free throws. McCoy made 8 of 12 shots and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Rick Palmer scored 18 points and Evan Martin 14, including all seven of his free throws. The Saints were 20 of 22 (90.9 percent) from the line, while the Cardinals were a dismal 15 of 29 (51.7 percent).

Patrick Dwyer led CUA (11-6, 4-3) with 15 points and Pat Satalin had 13. Matt Spierenburg recorded a career-high 12 points and seven rebounds, and Shane Sowden tallied 11 points. CUA had to play the final 8:02 without Dwyer and Sowden, both of whom fouled out.

Trailing 61-54, Marymount went on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 64. After Steven Papageorge's two free throws put the Cards back on top, McCoy hit the final basket in regulation with 1:12 to go. CUA's Mike Wasilenko missed a running 3-pointer from the top of the key to send the game into overtime.

Reserve forward Kevin Whitehead grabbed eight rebounds for Marymount, which defeated the Cardinals 57-53 on Dec. 4. The Saints won in overtime at DuFour Center last year, 73-66.

Catholic Edges Salisbury 54-52

SALISBURY, MD. (Jan. 26, 2005) -- Shane Sowden had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead Catholic University to a 54-52 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Salisbury University at the Maggs Center on Wednesday.

Point guard Mike Wasilenko hit the game-winner, a coast-to-coast floater in the lane with five seconds to go. With no timeouts remaining, Salisbury pushed to ball to the frontcourt before Justin Rice's hurried jumper from the right corner bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Scott Fumai made three of five three-pointers and added 12 points for the Cardinals (11-5, 4-2 CAC). CUA has won eight straight at Salisbury and nine consecutive in the series.

Segun Odumera paced the Sea Gulls (8-10, 3-4) with 13 points. Neal Tucker scored 10 points, including a three-pointer that tied the game at 52 with 16 seconds left.

CUA, playing for the first time in a week, burst to a 16-2 lead in the opening 12:34 but scored just three points the rest of the half to lead 19-15 at halftime. The Cardinals had a five-point cushion with 32 seconds remaining but squandered the lead before Wasilenko (seven points) drove the length of the court and hit a shot off the glass from the left side.

Sowden, a junior who became a starter this year, made eight of nine free throws and had three assists. Pat Satalin scored nine points.

York Overpowers Cards, 79-64

YORK, PA. (Jan. 19, 2005) -- Brandon Bushey scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and guide York College to a 79-64 victory over the Catholic University men's basketball team at Wolf Gymnasium on Wednesday. 

Kenny Fass chipped in 13 points for the Capital Athletic Conference-leading Spartans (14-1, 4-1 CAC), and Ben Seibert tallied 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Shane Sowden paced CUA (10-5, 3-2) with 20 points and three steals. Scott Fumai posted his first double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Mike Wasilenko totaled 10 points and six assists.

York, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Cardinals, overcame an early 13-4 deficit and went into halftime trailing, 33-30. Consecutive dunks by Sowden and Patrick Dwyer (eight points, eight boards) gave CUA its final lead, 42-41. Bushey put the Spartans back on top with a three-pointer and York built a 60-57 lead with 4:14 remaining. 

The Spartans sealed the win with by scoring the next 11 points, 10 in the paint, for a 71-57 advantage at the 1:01 mark. It was their first home win over the Cardinals since 1997.

CUA, which has the same record it did last year after 15 games, dropped into a second-place tie with Goucher College and the University of Mary Washington.

Satalin, Sowden, Dwyer Pace Cardinals' 69-58 CAC Victory over Goucher

WASHINGTON (Jan. 15, 2005) - Pat Satalin scored 18 points and Shane Sowden had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead Catholic University to a 69-58 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Goucher College at DuFour Center on Saturday.

Patrick Dwyer added nine points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Cardinals (10-4, 3-1 CAC), who led by 22 points midway through the second half.

Trevor Quinn paced Goucher (12-3, 3-1) with a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Jonathan Garritt had 10 points.

CUA sprinted to a 12-5 lead and went up by as much as 21, 31-10, before the Gophers closed with an 11-2 run. Satalin ended the spurt with a three-pointer with 7.4 seconds left in the first half to give the Cardinals a 36-21 halftime lead.

Mike Wasilenko (nine points) punctuated an 8-0 outburst with two free throws to put CUA up 50-28 with 10:24 to play. Goucher shaved 11 points off the lead with a 12-1 run to trail 51-40 at the 5:53 mark. Dwyer answered with a lane jumper, and after two Quinn free throws, Satalin nailed a short shot off the dribble. Wasilenko fed Sowden for a dunk on the Cards' next possession and CUA led 57-42 with 2:44 left.

Satalin, who made 11 of 12 free throws, salted the victory by hitting eight straight from the line. Dwyer and Wasilenko hit two each in the final 1:40 and the Cardinals succeeded on 30 of 37 free throws (81.1 percent) overall.

Quinn, who had the first triple-double in Gopher history earlier this week, also hit 11 of 12 foul shots, but made just four of 13 from the field. CUA held Goucher to 28.6 percent shooting (18 of 63).

Methodist College Wins CUA Pepsi Classic Championship 66-60 over Host Catholic University

WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2005) -- Tournament MVP Sam Porter punctuated a late 10-2 run with a three-pointer to rally Methodist College to a 66-60 victory over Catholic University to win the CUA Pepsi Classic at the DuFour Center on Sunday.

Seth Thomas added 14 points and Dragan Radmanovic had 13 points and seven rebounds for Methodist (6-4). Porter finished with 12 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists.

Pat Satalin led the Cardinals (8-4) with 16 points and four assists. Shane Sowden had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Satalin hit a three-pointer to give CUA a 54-49 lead with 5:11 to play. The Monarchs tied it at 56 on a Thomas three-pointer and went up by three when a wide-open Porter hit a trey from the right wing with 1:48 to go.

Sowden made two free throws to put the Cardinals within one, but Thomas responded with a jumper and Methodist scored its final five points from the line.

Scott Fumai recorded 10 points and seven rebounds for the Cards, and Mike Wasilenko added 10 points, but committed eight turnovers. CUA made just three of 16 shots after halftime, which began with a 34-28 lead.

In the consolation game, Brian Hagel scored 24 points to pace five players in double figures as Wisconsin Lutheran College (5-8) blitzed Marywood University, 103-84. Kevin Christensen totaled 18 points and six assists, and Lewis Jiles had 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Ryan Rogan led the Pacers (3-9) with 19 points and Tim Smallwood had 16.

2005 CUA Pepsi Classic Results:
Jan. 8 - First Round: Methodist 76, Wisconsin Lutheran 64; CUA 87, Marywood 69
Jan. 9 - Championship: Methodist 66, CUA 60
           Consolation: Wisconsin Lutheran 103, Marywood 84

All-Tournament Team:
Sam Porter (MVP), Methodist
Seth Thomas, Methodist
Shane Sowden, CUA
Pat Satalin, CUA
Ryan Rogan, Marywood
Brian Hagel, Wisconsin Lutheran

Sowden's Double-Double Powers Cardinals to 87-69 Victory over Marywood

WASHINGTON (Jan. 8, 2005) -- Shane Sowden's 19 points and 10 rebounds led Catholic University to an 87-69 victory over Marywood University in the first round of the CUA Pepsi Classic at the DuFour Center on Saturday.

The Cardinals (8-3) will play Methodist College, a 76-64 winner over Wisconsin Lutheran University, in the championship game Sunday at 4 p.m. Marywood and Wisconsin Lutheran will meet at 2 p.m.

Scott Fumai added 18 points and Pat Satalin 15 for the Cardinals, who scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as much as 27 early in the second half. Ryan Rogers led the Pacers (3-8) with a game-high 21 points.

Sowden hit 9 of 10 shots, and Fumai made his first three three-point attempts and nine of 10 free throws. Point guard Mike Wasilenko tied his career-high with 11 assists, and backup center Matt Spierenburg totaled 10 points and nine rebounds -- both personal highs.

The Cards struggled from the line for a second straight game, converting just 57.1 percent (27 of 47). Marywood made 73.3 percent of its foul shots (22 of 30).

In the first game, Jonathan Jackson's 19 points led five players in double figures for Methodist (5-4). Bryan Booth scored 14 points, Eugene Grant 12, Seth Thomas 11 and Robert Lee 10. Sam Porter had nine points, eight rebounds and seven steals.

Brian Hagel paced the Warriors (4-8) with 26 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. His 21 first-half points included five three-pointers and helped his team overcome a 15-2 deficit and go into halftime tied at 37. Kevin Christensen tallied 12 points and eight assists.

Fumai's Career-High 23 Points Sparks Cardinals to 64-61 Overtime Win Over Susquehanna

WASHINGTON (Jan. 5, 2005) - Sophomore Scott Fumai scored a career-high 23 points and made five three-pointers after halftime to rally Catholic University to a 64-61 overtime victory over Susquehanna University at DuFour Center on Wednesday.

Shane Sowden added 10 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals (7-3), who trailed by six points with 8:07 to go in regulation. Fumai gave CUA a 55-53 lead on a three-pointer with 1:50 left before Mike Malko (13 points) tied it up 44 seconds later to send the game into overtime.

The Cardinals took a 62-59 lead on a Pat Satalin jumper with 42.2 seconds to play and appeared in control until Chad Lauer, who led the Crusaders (2-8) with 15 pointers, made two of three free throws. Matt Effler had a chance to win for Susquehanna but missed a wide-open 15-foot jumper with one second left. CUA's Patrick Dwyer grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws for the final margin.

Fumai, who made eight of 15 overall and six of eight from beyond the arc, scored every one of the Cardinals' field goals (all treys) for about 15 minutes in the second half and into overtime until Satalin connected from the right wing. Satalin, CUA's second-leading scorer (15.3 ppg) entering the contest, was held to six points on six shots.

Dwyer, who scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds, made just seven of 13 free throws. He missed five straight at one point late in regulation.

After Fumai turned the ball over with 19.2 seconds left before the extra session and the game tied, Sowden blocked an Effler shot down low. The 6-foot-8 Sowden recorded his third block with 28 seconds remaining in the game when he rejected 5-6 T.J. Parry, who recorded a game- and career-high seven rebounds.

Brad Okanak added 10 points and six boards for Susquehanna, who defeated the Cardinals last year, 79-63. Effler came off the bench and recorded seven points, five rebounds and four assists.

CUA point guard Mike Wasilenko tallied seven points, seven assists and three steals. He hit his only three-point attempt as the Cards made seven of 11 three-pointers. CUA was playing for the first time in 15 days.

Wright's 27 Points Leads No. 9 Franklin & Marshall over Catholic, 81-64

WASHINGTON (Dec. 21, 2004) - Jackiem Wright scored 27 points -- 19 in the first half -- to lead No. 9 Franklin & Marshall College to an 81-64 victory over Catholic University at DuFour Center on Tuesday.

Logan Outerbridge and Brandon Smith added 12 points each for the Diplomats (5-1). Dan Lynch had 11 points and four steals, and Bob Lynch totaled nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Scott Fumai led the Cardinals (6-3) with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Shane Sowden had 16 points on eight of nine shooting, and Mike Wasilenko had 13 points and six assists.

After CUA got to within 37-36 early in the second half, F&M reeled off nine straight points for a 46-36 lead. The Cardinals got as close as four, 50-46, but the Diplomats answered with a 19-9 burst to go ahead 69-51 with 5:33 to play.

Wright, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, made five of nine three-pointers in the first half to put F&M on top, 37-32, at halftime. He hit two treys during a 15-3 run and assisted on another as the Diplomats built a 31-19 advantage. Wasilenko scored seven points in 13-3 CUA outburst before Wright made another trey with 5.2 seconds left before the break.

Both teams shot well. F&M hit 55.6 percent and the Cardinals 51.1 percent. The Diplomats held a 31-23 advantage on the boards.

Catholic Overpowers McDaniel, 77-57

WESTMINSTER, MD. (Dec. 20, 2004) - Shane Sowden posted game highs of 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Catholic University to a 77-57 victory over McDaniel College at Gill Center on Monday.

Tim Burke, Scott Fumai and Pat Satalin added 11 points each for the Cardinals (6-2), and Patrick Dwyer had 10 points and six rebounds. Kyle O'Connor led McDaniel (2-6) with 16 points.

Sowden made all six of his first-half shots and CUA was 16 of 24 (66.7 percent) to lead 39-31 at halftime. The 6-foot-8 junior center finished seven of eight overall and five of six from the line.

Sowden's 24 Points, Satalin's Double-Double Powers Cardinals over Richard Stockton, 76-64

WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2004) - Shane Sowden scored 24 points and Pat Satalin recorded his first double-double in Catholic University's 76-64 victory over Richard Stockton College at DuFour Center on Wednesday.

Sowden hit nine of 10 shots and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the 5-2 Cardinals. Satalin finished with 16 points and a career-high 10 assists. Scott Fumai had 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Sid Jackson led the Ospreys (3-4) with 17 points and Tobias Smith had 15. Mario Lancioni totaled 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.

The Cardinals seized control of the game with a 17-4 run to turn a one-point deficit into a 48-36 lead with 13:14 to go. After Stockton cut it to 61-51, Satalin assisted Sowden in the lane and hit a three-pointer to put the Cards up 66-53 at the 4:38 mark.

CUA used a 14-2 run in the opening period to lead 28-20 with 2:54 left before the break. Smith halved the lead with a four-point play after being fouled by Fumai and making the free throw. Lancioni scored the next four points to knot the contest at 28. Fumai's three from the right wing put the Cardinals on top, 31-28. Satalin had eight assists by halftime and CUA led 31-30.

NOTES - Cardinal freshman walk-on Brian Thompson played 10 minutes off the bench as Coach Steve Howes is looking to use him to spell Mike Wasilenko and Pat Satalin at point guard. Thompson forced a five-second call in the first half and assisted on a Matt Spierenburg layup after halftime. ... Tim Burke tied his career high with eight points. The senior guard and co-captain added three assists, two rebounds and two assists. He made three of five from the field and both of his free throws in 17 minutes. Spierenburg, who had a season-high five rebounds, found Burke with an entry pass for a short turnaround jumper.

Catholic Loses CAC Match to Marymount, 57-53

ARLINGTON, VA. (Dec. 4, 2004) -- Kip McCoy's 13 points and 10 rebounds led Marymount University to a 57-53 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Catholic University at Verizon Sports Arena on Saturday.

Rick Palmer added 12 points and five assists for the Saints (3-2, 1-1 CAC), and Evan Martin scored 10 points.

Pat Satalin and Shane Sowden paced the Cardinals (4-2, 1-1) with 14 points apiece. Sowden and Patrick Dwyer each grabbed eight rebounds. Scott Fumai had nine points and a career-high seven rebounds.

CUA, which trailed 29-28 at halftime, was plagued by poor shooting. The Cards shot 32.8 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from three-point range and a 58.8 percent from the line.

Marymount built an eight-point lead with 2:02 left in the game to shore up its win. Satalin cut that lead to five when he hit a three-pointer at the 1:56 mark. MU's Palmer hit two free throws to make it 54-48 and then Steven Papageorge cut the lead to three with another trey.

But the Saints were able to capitalize on their free throws and held off the Cardinals for the win.

Satalin's 23 Points, Late 3-Pointer Lead Cardinals Past Mary Washington, 63-56

WASHINGTON (Dec.1, 2004) -- Pat Satalin got hot in the first half and Scott Fumai in the second. Their microwave performances led Catholic University to a 63-56 victory over the University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference action at DuFour Center on Wednesday.

Satalin scored 19 points in the opening 20 minutes and hit a clutch three-pointer from the left wing to put the Cardinals (4-1, 1-0 CAC) up 62-56 with 32.9 seconds to go. He punctuated CUA's 13-3 first-half-closing run with nine straight points and finished with a game-high 23 points, 18 from beyond the arc.

Mike Lee led Mary Washington (2-2, 1-1) with 20 points and A.J. Fitzgerald had 17. Justin Baker totaled 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Fumai's run of 11 straight points came late in the second half. He began the assault with a three-pointer from the left wing to give the Cards a 49-48 lead with 6:47 to go. He hit two free throws 27 seconds later, and after a Lee three-pointer, nailed another trey from the left side. Fumai finished the flurry by connecting on a 3-pointer from the left corner for a 57-54 CUA advantage.

Patrick Dwyer, who finished with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks, assisted on Fumai's first triple, and Satalin assisted on the next two. Fumai finished with a career-high 12 points and a team-best six rebounds. Shane Sowden had 11 points and five boards. His layup off a Dwyer feed handed the Cards a 59-54 lead with 2:55 left.

Satalin made the first half his own personal showcase. He hit five of seven three-pointers, six of 11 overall, and both of his free throws. He made a three-pointer off a Mike Wasilenko pass with 2:11 to play before halftime and succeeded on his next two off the dribble with the shot clock winding down. The Cardinals' 13-3 sprint followed an 8-1 Eagle run that put the visitors up 26-19 with 5:34 left before intermission. Baker began the spurt with a three and Lee ended it with one from the top of the key. Lee, a quick shooting guard who leads the CAC in scoring, also grabbed six rebounds.

NOTES - Junior Aaron Kelly tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Monday's win over Villa Julie and is out for the season. The reserve combo guard was hurt late in the game and will have surgery in the next couple of weeks. His absence means that Satalin will play more at the point, and senior Tim Burke and sophomore Steven Papageorge will see more time at shooting guard . . . . Four principals from the Cardinals' 2001 national championship team were in attendance Wednesday: Coach Mike Lonergan, Matt Hilleary, Blair Mills and William Morley.

Satalin's 21 Points, Late Free Throws Lead Cardinals over Villa Julie, 74-69

WASHINGTON (Nov. 29, 2004) -- Pat Satalin scored a game-high 21 points and hit two free throws with two seconds remaining to seal Catholic University's 74-69 victory over Villa Julie College at DuFour Center on Monday.

Shane Sowden added 20 points for the Cardinals (3-1) and Mike Wasilenko had eight points and nine assists. Satalin led CUA in rebounds with five.

Anthony Fitzgerald paced Villa Julie (3-1) with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Steven Segears scored 15 points and Wade Henninger had 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Mustangs erased a 10-point deficit with a 13-3 run to tie the game at 55 with 5:02 to go. Sowden scored underneath, was fouled and completed the three-point play, and Satalin hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the Cardinals on top, 64-57.

Villa Julie cut the lead to 70-67 on a Henninger three-pointer from the right wing. Satalin and Scott Fumai both hit one of two free throws to boost the lead to 72-67 at the 10-second mark. Segears scored on a layup and then fouled Satalin, who made both of his foul shots for the final margin. Satalin was six of 13 from the field (two of four from beyond the arc) and seven of eight from the line.

Scranton Rolls over Catholic with 64-49 Victory

SCRANTON, PA. (Nov. 27, 2004) -- Brian O'Donnell posted game highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds and the University of Scranton ended a seven-game losing streak to Catholic University with a 64-49 victory at the Long Center on Saturday.

Steven Papageorge paced CUA (2-1) with a career-high 16 points, including five three-pointers in the second half to keep the Cardinals close. O'Donnell answered by making 10 of 11 free throws after halftime and 13 of 15 overall. Mike McGowan added 16 points and Randy Arnold 14 for the Royals (2-1).

CUA shot just 31.3 percent from the field (15 of 48) and committed 19 turnovers. Pat Satalin, who had only missed two shots in the Cards' first two games, made just two of 12 and finished with 10 points. Shane Sowden chipped in 12 points and a team-high eight boards.

Sowden, Satalin Lead CUA in First Road Win of Season

HAVERFORD, PA. (Nov. 23, 2004) -- Shane Sowden scored a career-high 28 points and Pat Satalin 16 to lead Catholic University to a 72-67 victory over Haverford College at Alumni Field House on Tuesday.

Sowden, a junior center, made 11 of 15 shots, and Satalin, a junior guard, hit 5 of 6. Both players made all six of their free throws. Sowden's previous career high was 14 against the University of Scranton last year.

The Cardinals (2-0) improved to 9-0 all-time against Haverford (1-2). Jeremy Bass led the Fords with 18 points. Sowden and Patrick Dwyer paced CUA with four rebounds each.

Cardinals Open Steve Howes Era with 81-52 Victory over Moravian

WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2004) -- Pat Satalin scored a game-high 23 points and Coach Steve Howes notched his first victory in Catholic University's 81-52 win over Moravian College at DuFour Center on Sunday.

Satalin hit eight of nine shots and five of six from three-point range. He was perfect in the first half, hitting all six of his shots and each of his 3-pointers to propel the Cardinals (1-0) to a 48-24 halftime lead. Reserve Stephen Wheeler succeeded on seven of seven from the field and posted personal highs in points (18) and rebounds (6). Patrick Dwyer added 13 points and six boards, and Mike Wasilenko tallied a career-best 11 assists.

Brandon Zaleski led Moravian (0-2) with 11 points and four assists. Steve Wanderfur had nine points and a team-high five rebounds.

CUA made 30 of 54 shots (55.6 percent) and held the Greyhounds to 39.6 percent shooting (19 of 48). The Cards led the entire game and opened up a 21-6 lead on consecutive Satalin 3-pointers with 15:10 left before halftime.

Howes, a former CUA player and assistant coach, was making his collegiate coaching debut after succeeding Mike Lonergan, now an assistant coach at the University of Maryland. Lonergan, who coached the Cardinals for 12 years, attended the game.