Catholic 84, Johns Hopkins 79
Jan. 14, 2002
BALTIMORE - Junior Kevin Wise (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame [N.J.]) scored a career-high 25 points to cap an exciting comeback as Catholic rallied late to win its 13th game in a row with an 84-79 win against Johns Hopkins in a non-league game Monday night.
Wise had the hot hand as he drained seven 3-pointers, four in the second half, to go 8-of-12 from the floor. Matt Hilleary (Manassas, Va./Seton School) was equally impressive, netting 22 points and hauling in a game-high 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year. The Blue Jays' Kevin Marquez led four Hopkins players in double figures with 20 points.
Johns Hopkins (8-6) managed to keep a lead for most of the first half but Hilleary's layup cut the JHU lead to 42-38 at the break. The Blue Jays were led by Matthew Eisley's 12 first-half points.
It was more of the same in the second stanza as Johns Hopkins could get their lead no further than seven points as Brendan Kamm's jumper gave JHU a 50-43 lead with 16 minutes to play.
Catholic showed its resilience and toughness by chipping away at the Blue Jay lead. Wise's second 3-pointer of the half gave CUA its first lead since the opening minutes at 62-61 with just under eight minutes to go. The teams traded buckets and Johns Hopkins managed to tie the game for the seventh time on a pair of Jay Krieder free throws. On the very next possession junior Craig Avallone (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) hit his only field goal of the game, a 3-pointer, to give Catholic the go-ahead points.
The Blue Jays would make a few final attempts and have a look at a 3-point shot after Hilleary could only hit one of two free throws at 82-79 with nine seconds to play. An inbounding infraction cost JHU an opportunity but the Blue Jays would get one last attempt when Chris Ganan stole the inbounds pass and got the ball to Marquez for a desperation 3-pointer before his shot caromed off to the right and into Hilleary's hands. The junior would ice the game with one second left as he hit his 11th and 12th free throws of the game.
The Cardinals (13-1) shot 44.4% (24-for-54) while Johns Hopkins went 41.3% (26-for-63) from the floor. CUA used the 3-pointer to its advantage, nailing 10 out of 15 attempts for the game. Sophomore Blair Mills (Hebron, Md./Wicomico) was close to his first double-double as he scored eight points and tied a career-high with nine rebounds.
Catholic returns to action with a CAC matchup at Mary Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m.