Catholic 90, Scranton 83 (OT)

Nov. 25, 2001

WASHINGTON - Junior Matt Hilleary (Manassas, Va./Seton School) posted his first double-double of the season scoring 25 points and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds to help Catholic win its first game in the 2001-02 season in a dramatic 90-83 win in overtime against Scranton on Sunday afternoon at the DuFour Center. Hilleary was one of five Cardinals to score in double figures.

Scranton wasted little time after the opening tipoff racing out to a 17-3 lead. The Royals would lead by as many as 16 before junior Kevin Wise's (Newtown, Pa./Notre Dame (N.J.)) three-pointer ignited a 7-0 run to pull Catholic within 23-19. The Royals' Ryan Rogan scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half. His free throw with 38 seconds in the half put Scranton on top 34-31 at the break.

The second half saw Catholic take its first lead of the game as Will Morley's (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) jumper tied it at 38-38 and then a Craig Avallone (Lincroft, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) layup put CUA in front. Morley exploded after a slow first half scoring 16 of his 18 points. Kevin Wise's three-pointer gave Catholic its biggest lead at 52-42, but the Royals were not done yet. Derek Elphick netted 17 of his 25 points after the half including a big three-point play to tie it at 67-67 with three minutes to play.

After an offensive foul on Hilleary, CUA head coach Mike Lonergan was hit with a technical giving Scranton four free throw attempts. The Royals hit three of four to increase their lead to 70-67. On a timeout after a Morley layup, Lonergan was assessed a second technical putting Scranton back at the line. The Royals' Ryan Rogan could only hit one of two from the line, putting Scranton up 72-69.

Hilleary would connect on a layup with 36 seconds remaining. Will Morley's steal and jumper gave Catholic a 73-72 lead with just 15 seconds. Morley found himself at the line to ice it but he could only sink the first free throw that gave Scranton one last chance. Brian O'Donnell's layup off a block from Matt Hilleary tied it at 74-74 as the buzzer sounded. O'Donnell was also strong in defeat, netting 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

In the overtime, Catholic took advantage of a Scranton miss and turnover early to build a five-point lead. Scranton would end up sending Catholic to the free throw line as the Cardinals went 9-for-12 down the stretch to ice the game.

The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28, as they open CAC play, traveling to York, Pa., to take on the Spartans of York College. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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