Maloney receives regional, national honors
WASHINGTON- Pat Maloney (Brant Beach, N.J. / Southern Regional), who led Catholic University to the NCAA Division III national championship last week, has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District first team for the Middle Atlantic Region. He was a second-team selection in 1999-2000.
Maloney, named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Division III Final Four, averaged a team-leading and career-high 15.6 points in 2000-01. The senior four-year starting point guard also paced the squad in assists with a personal-best average of 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, also named second-team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference this season, earned first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors as a junior and senior. He was named CAC Rookie of the Year in 1997-98 and second-team All-CAC as a sophomore. He concluded his brilliant career with 1,648 points to rank sixth in school history.
The Cardinals captured their first men's basketball national title with an 82-77 victory over Ohio Northern, and a 76-62 win over William Paterson 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.