Maloney named Second Team All-American
WASHINGTON - Pat Maloney (Brant Beach, N.J./Southern Regional High), named Most Outstanding Player of the 2001 NCAA Division III Final Four, has been honored as a second-team All-American by D3hoops.com. He was an honorable mention selection of the online publication last year.
This is Maloney's fourth postseason honor. He was named first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference, first-team All-District (Middle Atlantic Region) by the National Associated of Basketball Coaches and a second-team All-Star by the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Maloney, a senior who led Catholic University to the NCAA Division III national championship last week, averaged a team-leading and career-high 15.6 points in 2000-01. The four-year starting point guard also paced the squad in assists by averaging a personal-high 4.8 per game. He had 45 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the two games of the Final Four, including an NCAA record 14-for-14 performance from the free throw line against Ohio Northern.
Maloney was named CAC Rookie of the Year in 1997-98, second-team All-CAC as a sophomore and first-team All-CAC his junior year. He concluded his outstanding career with 1,648 points to rank sixth in school history.
The Cardinals captured their first men's basketball national title by defeating top-ranked Ohio Northern 82-77 in the semifinals, and William Paterson 76-62 in the championship game. Maloney and his four senior teammates finished as the winningest class in school history (100-21, .826).
CUA is the only Division III school in the nation to advance to the past four Sweet Sixteens, including the Elite Eight in 1999-2000.