Maloney finds Morley at buzzer for CAC championship-winner
WASHINGTON - Freshman forward Will Morley (Olney, Md. / Good Counsel High) hit a 12-foot jumper in the lane as time expired to give No. 15 Catholic University a 61-59 victory over Marymount University in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship game before 1,050 fans at DuFour Center on Saturday.
The top-seeded Cardinals (22-5), who won their 10th straight, advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fourth year in a row. Pairings will be announced Sunday (see link above). It was CUA's third CAC Tournament championship under head coach Mike Lonergan and first since 1998.
Senior point guard Pat Maloney, who assisted on Morley's game-winner, finished with a game-high 27 points, including six 3-pointers. Maloney hit 7 of 14 shots overall and 7 of 8 free throws. He added five assists, three steals, a block and a rebound with just two turnovers.
Henock Berhanu led Marymount (12-15) with 20 points and Andre Coles added 16 points and seven rebounds. The Saints, who captured the CAC Tournament last year, entered as the tournament's sixth seed and won twice on the road to advance to the title game. They outrebounded the Cardinals 35-24 and outshot the hosts 44.2% to 38.0%. CUA was 14-for-17 (82.4%) from the line.
Morley, the leading candidate for CAC Rookie of the Year honors, finished with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Tim Judge added 10 points.
After Marymount's Patrick Duverneau hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 59, the Saints called timeout with 22 seconds remaining. The Cardinals worked the ball to Maloney on the right baseline, but Duverneau forced him to pick up his dribble. With about two seconds left, Maloney threw a bounce pass to Morley for the soft jumper in front of the free throw line.
CUA led by eight points on four occasions, the last with 6:10 to go on a jumper by Mike Hartman. But Berhanu scored eight unanswered points on two 3-pointers and a goaltending call on Matt Hilleary to tie the game at 52 with 3:50 left.
Maloney, who finished 6-for-11 from beyond the arc, nailed a trey off the dribble from the right wing to give the Cards a 57-54 advantage at the 2:35 mark. With 38 seconds to go he hit two free throws to hand CUA a 59-56 lead. Duverneau's only points of the game tied it 16 seconds later.