1995-96 Game Summaries

Nov. 18 - Tufts 94, Catholic 81
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Catholic started its season with a 94-81 loss to the regionally-ranked Tufts Jumbos. John Douglas and Sammy Briggs each scored 16 points for Catholic while Douglas added a career-high 20 rebounds. Douglas, however, shot 6-for-14 from the free throw line, and Joe Conefry chipped in at 2-for-6. The rest of the team shot 20-for-21 from the charity stripe.

The Cardinals trailed by as many as 17 points with three minutes left in the game but managed to cut the lead to eight with 1:28 before their free throw shooting did them in.

Brian Skerry led Tufts with 27 points, blistering the Cardinals in his first game since transferring to the Division III level.

Nov. 19 - Catholic 82, Drew 64
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Cardinals (1-1) rebounded from their opening-day loss to win the consolation game of the New York University Tournament, 82-64 against Drew University (0-2). Both teams started slowly, combining to shoot 31% in the first half, but Catholic took a 10-point advantage into the locker room by shooting 9-for-13 from the foul line compared to 0-for-1 for the Rangers.

Junior Pat Buckley shot 5-for-9 from three-point range, scoring 19 points to lead the Cardinals. Point guard Sammy Briggs led with 10 rebounds, but also had seven turnovers compared with four assists. Catholic shot 56% from the floor in the second half, however, to put Drew away.

Nov. 27 - Allentown 78, Catholic 77
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Joe Conefry missed two free throws with three seconds left and Jeremy Borys missed a shot off the rebound as Catholic (1-2) lost its home opener to Allentown (1-1), 78-77. The Cardinals were running away with the game early, leading 17-5 after seven minutes, but failed to rebound consistently and let the Centaurs take a 26-25 lead.

Trailing 60-51 midway through the second half, Catholic started playing strong defense and took a 75-74 lead behind steals from John Douglas and Sammy Briggs. Douglas added a three-pointer, as did Pat Buckley.

Sophomore Jason Alexander led Catholic with a career-high 19 points, while Douglas had a team-high nine rebounds. Andy Stephens led Allentown with 20 points, while James Moyer had nine rebounds.

Dec. 2 - Davidson 101, Catholic 59
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Catholic lost its third of four as it dropped a 101-59 decision to Division I Davidson (3-0). Catholic led by as much as 6-1, but missed foul shots (shooting 50%) and layups (39%) while allowing the Wildcats to outrebound them 30-11 in the second half.

Head Coach Mike Lonergan said, "You can't go in against a Division I team and not make layups and foul shots. If we make layups, it's a 20-point game. At least that's respectable." In fact, if Catholic had shot a reasonable 75% on layups and free throws, they would have scored an additional 19 points.

Junior Sammy Briggs led Catholic with 16 points, all in the second half, while sophomore Jason Alexander led both teams with 10 rebounds.

Dec. 5 - Catholic 115, Salisbury State 112, 2 OT
SALISBURY, Md. - Catholic trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but survived four players fouling out to defeat CAC rival Salisbury State (2-5) 115-112 in double overtime. Freshman Donnie Scott came up with a key steal to preserve the tie in the first overtime, taking the ball away from Sea Gull point guard Eric Prendeville and quickly calling a timeout.

Catholic (2-3) fell behind 111-106 in the second overtime after senior reserve guard Joe Conefry fouled out with a career-high 24 points. However, junior Pat Buckley hit his third three-point shot of the game and senior John Douglas, who had his fifth career 30-point game, hit two free throws to tie the game.

Prendeville missed one of two free throws to finish 11-for-12, then junior Jeremy Borys hit a baseline layup to give Catholic the 113-112 lead. Scott iced the game with a pair of free throws.

Dec. 7 - Catholic 81, Western Maryland 79, OT
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Catholic put together a comeback overtime win against a Maryland state school on the road for the second time in three days, beating the Green Terror (3-4) 81-79 in overtime. The Cardinals (3-3) got two clutch performances from junior guard Sammy Briggs, who sank a pair of free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game and hit two more at the end of the game to give Catholic the win. Each time, the Cardinals denied Western Maryland the opportunity to even get off a last-second shot.

Junior Jeremy Borys tied a career high with 26 points to lead Catholic, while senior John Douglas had a game-high 18 rebounds. Borys was 8-for-8 from the free throw line. The two helped lead the Cardinals on a 14-4 run to tie the game at 50 early in the second half.

Head Coach Mike Lonergan said "we knew there was a chance we would lose if we didn't wake up. I don't understand why we have to wait until we're down 10 or 15 points before we start playing."

Dec. 9 - Catholic 74, Scranton 65
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic defeated long-time rival Scranton for the first time since 1986, breaking a nine-game losing streak to the Royals, with a 74-65 win. It was the third consecutive win for Catholic (4-3).

Both teams shot poorly in the first half, and went into the locker room tied at 29. Catholic was 0-for-7 in the first half, while Scranton (5-5), which lost its starting point guard the day before, played a half-court offense.

The Cardinals came out hot in the second half, scoring the first five points of the game and extending their lead to as many as 15 points. The highlight of the game was a breakaway slam dunk by John Douglas, Catholic's first since 1992. Douglas, who averaged 22 points and 12.7 rebounds for the week, was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Region Player of the Week.

Dec. 16 - Radford 87, Catholic 59
RADFORD, Va. - In their second Division I game of the season, the Cardinals trailed by only one, 19-18 before Radford scored 18 unanswered points to put Catholic (4-4) away. Catholic struggled from three-point range, making only two of 16 shots, none in the second half.

Jeremy Borys's 15 points led Catholic, which shot only 29.2% from the floor and turned the ball over 18 times. The Highlanders continued their hot second-half shooting, hitting 60% in the second half, 48% in the first.

Jan. 6 - Catholic 97, King's 90
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic watched a 28-point lead dwindle to three points in the final minute before recovering to beat King's (Pa.) in the opening round of the CUA Coca-Cola Chase Manhattan Classic 97-90. The Cardinals (5-4), who shot 58% in the first half en route to a 50-27 lead at the break, were led by double-doubles from John Douglas and Sammy Briggs, who each had 21 points and 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Mike Ferkler kept the Monarchs (3-8) offense going almost single-handedly, hitting all four of his three-point shots in a two-minute span of the second half, when King's made its biggest run. The Monarchs outscored Catholic in one stretch 65-33.

Jan. 9 - Catholic 85, Mt. St. Mary 83
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior guard Sammy Briggs sunk a 19-footer with three seconds left in the game to give Catholic an 85-83 win in the championship game of the Coca-Cola Chase Manhattan Bank Classic at the DuFour Center. Briggs, who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, scored 12 points and had eight assists and had 33 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists in the two games.

"I could tell it was good when it left my hand," said Briggs, who got the ball after senior John Douglas had twice tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the Mt. St. Mary zone. Head Coach Mike Lonergan added, "luckily Sammy became open and knocked down the shot."

Catholic (6-4) shot poorly after the two-day layoff without a team practice, shooting only 41.4% from the floor, but made 10 three-point shots, which turned out to be the difference. Mt. St. Mary was outrebounded 48-37. Douglas (40 points, 19 rebounds) and Buckley (26 points) were also named to the All-Tournament team, as were Craig Newton and Tom Fuller for Mt. St. Mary (4-6).

Jan. 11 - Gallaudet 76, Catholic 73
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic went on a 22-4 run to take a 66-56 lead in the second half, but failed down the stretch as Gallaudet University won the CAC game on its home floor. There was no last-second shot for the Cardinals (6-5, 1-1) this time as junior Pat Buckley, who had made six three-point shots already, put up an air ball from 22 feet at the buzzer.

Gallaudet (3-8, 1-2) benefitted from two technical fouls against Catholic U. head coach Mike Lonergan, the first coming with 2:02 left in the game which gave the Bison the lead and the second less than a minute later. Senior guard Jeff Ploederl was 4-for-6 from the line in the closing two minutes to finish with 19 points. Freshman center DeAngelo Brown led Gallaudet with 26. The Cardinals were led by Buckley and senior forward John Douglas, each with 18 points.

Jan. 13 - Catholic 67, York 38
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Cardinals won for the first time without John Douglas and held York to the fewest points by an opponent since the shot clock was instituted in a 67-38 victory at the DuFour Center. Senior guard Joe Conefry, who started in the place of Douglas, who was out with a sprained ankle, led the team with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the floor, while junior guard Sammy Briggs added 11 points, five assists and six steals.

The game did not begin well for either team. Catholic (7-5, 2-1 CAC) jumped out to a 16-8 lead only to go into a nearly five-minute tailspin. However, York could not muster much more offensively, and did not take the lead from Catholic.

The Cardinals shot only 35.7% while committing 10 turnovers in the first half. Conefry led first-half scorers with 11 and Jeremy Borys had nine points and six rebounds. The Spartans shot 28.1% from the field and were only 57.1% from the free throw line. In the second half, however, Catholic scored the first five points to force York to take a time out. There was no looking back as the Cardinals improved their ball control with only four second-half turnovers and caused York to turn the ball over 11 times for a total of 26.

"It's realy great that they could step in and help, Joe Conefry especially played well," said Buckley. "It gave us confidence that we can play without [Douglas], and it will give us even more confidence when he comes back."

Jan. 15 - Catholic 92, Rowan 88
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior point guard Sammy Briggs hit all six of his free throws in the final minute and senior John Douglas slammed home a thundering dunk at the buzzer to give Catholic a 92-88 upset win over the top-ranked team in the nation, Rowan College.

Entering the second half, the game was tied at 39-39 despite the fact that Pat Buckley was scoreless and Catholic received little first half contribution from its hobbled star, Douglas. After halftime, Buckley countered a Rowan run by firing off three long-range three point baskets.

Rowan's Antwan Dasher and Roscoe Harris tried to keep the Profs from falling victim to the upset, but received little offensive help in the second half. Dasher finished with 25 points and eight assists and Harris scored 21.

Catholic's offense struggled at times, but made the momentum breaking shots that were necessary to offset Rowan's talented squad. In the half court game, Catholic faced a variety of defenses and countered with an equally diverse offense.

Joe Conefry once again saw significant minutes due to Douglas's injury; Conefry tallied 14 points and dished out four assists. Briggs finished with 19 points, seven assists and four steals while shooting 8-8 from the free throw line. In his limited role, Douglas scored 12 points, surpassing the 1,500 point mark for his career.

Jan. 17 - Catholic 76, St. Mary's, Md. 62
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic went on a 18-8 run to open the second half and made 34 foul shots en route to a 76-62 CAC win against St. Mary's College. The Cardinals won their third consecutive game, second in the CAC, and stayed in a tie for first place with Goucher, who beat Salisbury State Wednesday night,

Catholic (9-5, 3-1 CAC) was led by junior guard Joe Conefry, who scored 22 points, going 6-for-7 from the floor. He added 10-for-13 free throw shooting. Junior Sammy Briggs scored 15 with a team-high three assists. Leading scorer John Douglas, kept out of the starting lineup for a third game by a sore ankle, scored 13 points in 25 minutes of action. St. Mary's (4-8, 2-2) shot 31% from the floor and was led by Barry Friedman's 18 points.

Jan. 20 - Catholic 77, Marymount 70
ARLINGTON, Va. - Junior Sammy Briggs shot 7-for-8 from the foul line, scoring 20 points with eight assists to lead the Cardinals past Marymount in a CAC game, 77-70. The win, coupled with a Goucher loss to Mary Washington, put Catholic (10-5, 4-1) alone in first place in the CAC.

The Saints (7-7, 2-2) led briefly early, but Catholic took a 10-point advantage into the break. Marymount cut the lead to 48-47 in the second half, but foul troubles cost them their top two scorers, Bobby Schaul (25 points) and Demond Gibson (10). Four players played 34 minutes or more for the Saints.

Junior Joe Conefry, starting in place of Pat Buckley, scored 17 points, nine of them from the free throw line. Sophomore Jason Alexander had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, while senior John Douglas, returning to the starting lineup for the first time since spraining his ankle, had 10 points and nine rebounds. Jeremy Borys had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Catholic won its fourth consecutive game and its sixth of seven.

Jan. 23 - Salisbury St. 100, Catholic 96
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic let a 15-point second half lead slip away and Salisbury State took over first place in the CAC with a 100-96 win at the DuFour Center. The Cardinals (10-6, 4-2) led by 13 at halftime but shot only 38% from the floor in the second half.

Salisbury State (8-7, 5-2) was led by senior guard Casey Musick, who had 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting while playing only 21 minutes. The Sea Gulls shot 54% in the second half, making five of eight three-pointers.

Head Coach Mike Lonergan said, "it's partly because our players thought we had the game in hand and we didn't work hard defensively." Catholic was led by senior John Douglas with 24 points, 20 of them in the first half.

Jan. 25 - Catholic 80, Goucher 66
WASHINGTON, D.C. - John Douglas had 30 points and shot 6-for-10 from three point range to help lead the Cardinals back into a tie for first in the CAC with an 80-66 victory against Goucher College at the DuFour Center. Catholic (11-6, 5-2) shot 13-for-29 from three-point range (44.8%) while Goucher could only manage that from the free throw line.

The win gave Catholic a share for first with Salisbury State, while Goucher dropped 1½ games back and into fourth place. Goucher was led by guard Bakari Ward with 16 points. Sophomore Jason Alexander tied Shaun Bromley's school record for Catholic with seven blocked shots.

Catholic led by 16 points at halftime, but watched a lead slip away for the second consecutive game, allowing the Gophers (9-6, 3-3) to get within six points before consecutive three-pointers by Douglas and junior guard Pat Buckley (six points, six assists) gave the Cardinals a wider margin.

Jan. 31 - Catholic 77, Mary Washington 64
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mary Washington took advantage of Catholic's poor second-half shooting to take a one-point lead late in the second half. Catholic, however, got a three pointer from Pat Buckley, which broke a 59-59 tie and never looked back as they won 77-64 in a CAC matchup at the DuFour Center.

It was Buckley's only basket of the night, but John Douglas scored 10 points in each half to lead the Cardinals. Sammy Briggs had 17 points and eight assists while shooting 13-for-15 from the foul line.

Catholic's long-range shooting died, as they made only three of 18 from three-point range. Jason Alexander (9 points on 4-for-6 shooting) and Jeremy Borys (5-for-8, 12 points in 19 minutes) stepped up from the inside. Alexander had eight rebounds to lead Catholic (12-6, 6-2). Mary Washington was led by freshman guard David Love's 14 points and Melvin Bunch's eight rebounds.

Feb. 1 - Catholic 100, Goucher 96, 2 OT
TOWSON, Md. - Catholic won its second road CAC double overtime game of the season, defeating the Goucher Gophers 100-96 in Towson, Md. Sophomore Jason Alexander had two blocked shots within 15 seconds late in the second overtime and Catholic recovered from missed free throws down the stretch to ice the win.

Junior Pat Buckley gave the Cardinals a two-point lead with 3:10 left in the final period with a three-point shot and Alexander extended it to three with 1:43 left before his two blocks shut down Goucher freshman Dexter Martin for the night. Sophomore Russell Sullivan single-handedly saved Catholic, with an offensive rebound after two missed free throws and a key steal after the Cardinals (13-6, 7-2) missed two more.

The win pulled Catholic into a tie with Salisbury State for first place in the CAC.

Feb. 6 - Catholic 98, Marymount 87
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior Pat Buckley had 15 first-half points, all from three-point range, to lead Catholic to a 98-87 victory over Marymount in CAC action. Buckley ended the night with a season-high 23 points and added six assists and four steals as the Cardinals (14-6, 8-2) won for the eighth time in nine games.

John Douglas turned in his first double-double since Jan, 6, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while freshman reserve Donnie Scott scored a career-high 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting.

The Cardinals led by as many as 20 points in the second half before both teams emptied their benches. Marymount (8-12, 3-7) lost to Catholic for the fifth consecutive time.

Feb. 8 - Catholic 83, Gallaudet 70
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior John Douglas scored 17 points and went 4-for-8 from three-point range and freshmen Donnie Scott and Jim McNiff had 16 and 10 respectively as the Cardinals avenged a January loss to Gallaudet 83-70 on senior night. Junior Sammy Briggs had a team-high nine assists and four steals and Douglas added five more assists to help the Cardinals tie Salisbury State for first place in the CAC.

Gallaudet (5-15, 3-8) played only seven players and struggled from three-point range despite gunning Catholic down from long range at Gallaudet on Jan. 11. Freshman DeAngelo Brown led the Bison with 19 points, followed by classmate Sam Thomas's 14.

Catholic raised its record to 15-6, 9-2 in the CAC and has won nine of its last 10 games.

Feb. 12 - Catholic 98, York 63
YORK, Pa. - Catholic extended its winning streak to six and pulled itself back into a tie for first place in the CAC by beating York 98-63. It was Catholic's first win at York in four years, led by six scorers in double figures.

The Cardinals (16-6, 10-2) shot their best on the season, hitting 56.1% of their shots from the floor, led by Jeremy Borys's 7-for-10 performance and Jason Alexander's 5-for-7. Borys led with 17 poiunts, followed by John Douglas and Sammy Briggs with 13, Alexander and Jim McNiff with 12 and Joe Conefry with 11. Briggs also added nine assists and did not turn the ball over.

Catholic held on to the ball extremely well, committing a season-low four turnovers. York, on the other hand, got off 12 fewer shots despite a 40-28 rebounding advantage. The Spartans turned the ball over 21 times.

Feb. 15 - Catholic 76, Mary Washington 58
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Catholic won for the 11th time in 12 games and sent Mary Washington to its seventh consecutive conference defeat, beating the Eagles 76-58 on the road. The Cardinals shot a season-high 60% from the field in the first half and used a 32-19 second-half rebounding advantage to maintain their 16-point halftime lead.

The Cardinals (17-6, 11-2) were led by senior forward John Douglas's 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Joe Conefry added another 14 points and Sammy Briggs dished out nine assists to go with his 12 points. Catholic never trailed in the game, opening up leads of 6-0 and 11-3 en route to a 64-37 lead in the second half. Only Douglas played more than 28 minutes for Catholic, however, and Mary Washington (6-17, 4-9) outscored the Cardinals 21-12 in the closing minutes, including an 8-0 run halted by Jim McNiff's free throw after the final buzzer.

The win was the seventh in a row for Catholic, which lowered its magic number in the CAC to one, tying for first. Catholic can clinch first place with a win Saturday at St. Mary's.

Feb. 17 - Catholic 92, St. Mary's 86
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Catholic won for the eighth consecutive time, defeating St. Mary's 92-86. The win clinched the regular season title for the Cardinals. Senior forward John Douglas led the Cardinals with 31 points, his seventh career 30-point game.

St. Mary's used hot first-half shooting to stay in the game early and hit a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer to tie the game at 44. Catholic used a 7-0 run to turn a 54-50 disadvantage into a three-pont lead, then led by as many as 13, 85-72 with 1:55 left. However, St. Mary's got two clutch three-pointers down the stretch from Barry Friedman and a long shot at the buzzer cut the final margin from nine to six.

Feb. 20 - Catholic 56, Mary Washington 53
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic barely advanced to the semifinals of the CAC Tournament, defeating bottom-seeded Mary Washington 56-53. Catholic was outshot, 52% to 34%, but used a slight rebounding edge (35-32) and more shots (59-42) to come up with the win.

The Cardinals (19-6) trailed Mary Washington 27-9 early, but used a 17-0 run over the final five minutes of the half to cut the lead to 27-26 at halftime. After Catholic scored the first basket of the second half to take a 28-27 lead, the game went back and forth, with neither team leading by more than five.

Mary Washington (6-19) turned the ball over repeatedly to fuel Catholic's run and failed to take advantage of Catholic's missed free throws at the end as Catholic scored four of the last five points of the game to win.

Feb. 22 - Marymount 87, Catholic 82
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior guard Bobby Schaul hit a turnaround fallaway jumper with 43 seconds left as fourth-seed Marymount upset the Cardinals 87-82 in front of 900 fans at the DuFour Center. Catholic (19-7) had a chance to tie the game with nine seconds left, but senior John Douglas forced up a three-pointer that fell short.

Douglas led the Cardinals with 27 points and 10 rebounds but shot 10-for-24 from the floor. Freshmen forwards Matthew Solomon and Demond Gibson led Marymount with 19 points each while Schaul and Steve Stallmer added 17. Catholic shot only 33% in the second half en route to a 40% mark for the game.

Catholic's NCAA hopes were dealt a serious blow. If the Cardinals do not receive an NCAA bid, an ECAC Tournament bid is still likely with play to start March 2. The pairings will be announced Sunday night.

Feb. 29 - Cabrini 85, Catholic 65
RADNOR, Pa. - Catholic's hopes of advancing in the NCAA Tournament were dashed as they lost to third-ranked Cabrini College 85-65. They led early, as senior John Douglas scored the first eight Cardinal points, but suffered from missed free throws (50% in the first half) and a five-point swing for Cabrini in falling behind 41-31 at the half.

Catholic trailed by 14 after Michael Dever's three-pointer gave Cabrini a 32-18 lead with eight minutes left in the half. After a timeout, the Cardinals went on a 12-4 run, sparked by two three-pointers from Joe Conefry. However, Pat Buckley was forced to foul Bill Carr with less than a minute left to keep him from getting a breakaway layup. It was ruled an intentional foul, giving Carr two free throws and the Cavaliers another possession, which they turned into a three-pointer.

At halftime, Head Coach Mike Lonergan said "we went on a run, but we missed three one-and-ones. Hopefully we can handle the ball a little better and we'll make a run."

That run did not come immediately. Cabrini scored eight of the first 10 points after halftime and led by as many as 16 in the second half, 67-51. However, Catholic mounted a comeback, starting with a Sammy Briggs fast break layup. It culminated in a Buckley three-pointer with 5:42 left that cut the Cavalier lead to 68-61 and forced Cabrini to take a timeout.

Cabrini came out of the break fired up and outscored Catholic 17-4 the rest of the way.

Lonergan was disappointed with the loss, but happy with the season as a whole. "We were 19-8 with two Division I losses and we beat the No. 1 team in the country. That's something nobody can take away from us. Hopefully we'll build on this and we'll try to get back next year."

Catholic's interior players struggled for the second consecutive game. Freshman Donnie Scott was effective offensively and defensively, but fouled out while only playing seven minutes. While he was in, however, he scored four points and had three rebounds with only one turnover.

After reaching a season-low with only two points against Marymount, Jeremy Borys recovered offensively, shooting 6-for-13 from the floor and tallying 14 points. However, he was 1-for-4 from the free throw line and was outmatched on the boards, grabbing only two rebounds in 31 minutes. He did, however, have a season-high five steals.

Catholic's top four interior players were completely outplayed by Cabrini's. Borys, Scott, Jason Alexander and Russell Sullivan combined for 20 points, 17 rebounds and no blocked shots in 75 minutes, while Tom Newnam, Carr and John Drummond outscored, out-rebounded and out-blocked Catholic's quartet in two fewer minutes.

Lonergan has been disappointed with his inside players most of the season, most notably Sullivan's lack of scoring ability and Alexander's difficulty hanging on to the ball. Alexander's scoring average dropped from 6.9 to 6.2 points per game while his rebounding held steady.

"We've got to recruit another inside player or get a renewed commitment from the ones we have to work harder," said Lonergan. "We can't keep getting beat inside by the Marymounts of the world."

Lonergan can take solace in the fact that the three Cavaliers that beat Catholic are older and more experienced. Carr and Newnam are both seniors and Drummond is a junior while Catholic's four are a junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

The only way Catholic could defend Cabrini's post players was with the foul. Scott fouled out with over 11 minutes left, while Sullivan, Alexander and Borys were in foul trouble most of the second half. They combined for 15 fouls of Catholic's 23 fouls.

Junior Mark Gentili was the only Cardinal over 6-foot-4 without a foul. He played one minute and had a rebound.

Catholic was led by Douglas's 16 points. Douglas finished his collegiate career with 1,774 points, fifth in Catholic University history. Douglas scored Catholic's first eight points of the game, but was heavily defended thereafter. "I was just hoping I'd get the ball a little more, but they started face guarding me a little bit and denying me the ball."

It wasn't how the seniors wanted to end their career.

"I just wish we could have come out and played a little bit harder." said Douglas.

"I worked my hardest and gave it my all. Hopefully that's what I'm remembered for."

Senior Austin Hatch had a slightly different perspective, having transferred from Western Maryland before his sophomore season. He was their rookie of the year as a freshman, but chose to come to Catholic despite knowing he would receive less playing time.

"It was difficult [to play less] but it's always better to win than to lose," said Hatch. "I wanted to end my career in the NCAA Tournament . . . I didn't want to lose in the first round."

It wasn't all that long ago that a different group of seniors had similar thoughts about the ending of their careers.

The night the Cardinals lost to Stockton State in the first round of the 1993 tournament, Mike Connelly said, "we just fulfilled a dream. We're down about it now, but we'll get over it. We all had great careers here, so hopefully we'll all go on to bigger and better things."

Chris Conefry put it all in perspective that night, saying, "when you go that far, odds are if you don't end win the national championship your season's going to end with a loss. That's the price you pay for going this far."

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