#25 Kean 59, #15 Catholic 56
2004 CUA Pepsi Classic Championship
Jan 11, 2004
WASHINGTON --- Armet Cole's short jumper with four seconds left lifted 25th-ranked Kean University to the 2004 CUA Pepsi Classic Championship, as the Cougars defeated 15th-ranked Catholic, 59-56, Sunday afternoon at the DuFour Center.
Cole's bucket came after teammate Danny Del Valle's tip-in tied the game at 56-56 with 48 seconds remaining. Del Valle then stole the inbound pass with two seconds left to help seal the game.
The loss drops the Cardinals to 10-3 on the season while Kean improves to 12-1.
Senior William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) led all scorers with 24 points. Freshman Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) added 11 points off the bench. The pair was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The back-and-forth game saw seven lead changes and 10 ties as the two teams combined for 37 turnovers.
Freshman Mike Wasilenko pulls up for a jumper in the championship game of the 2004 CUA Pepsi Classic vs. Kean (Chris Parillo, M&P Photography).
An 8-2 run helped Catholic to its biggest lead of the first half. Dwyer made it a 27-20 CUA advantage with 4:59 in the period with his driving lay-in off a steal.
Down 33-28 at the break the Cougars answered, opening the second half on a 10-0 run of their own to take a 38-33 lead.
Two free throws from sophomore Shane Sowden (Wilmington, Del./St. Elizabeth's) gave CUA a 52-49 lead with 5:43 to play, but Kean answered back a minute and a half later with a big three-pointer form Bryan Keller to tie the game for the eighth time.
After Del Valle, the tournament MVP, tipped in a miss from B.J. Hamby, Morley's shot from the top of the key with 41 seconds rimmed out. The Cougars were able to grab the rebound and call a timeout. Del Valle finished the game with seven points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals.
Catholic shot 34%, a season low, and just 5-of-19 from beyond the arc, but were successful at the free-throw line hitting 23-of-27 attempts.
The Cougars were 48% (26-of-54) from the floor and held a 30-28 rebound edge.
With the win, Kean snaps the Cardinals streak of four straight championships. The Cougars last won the title in 1999.
Joining Morley and Dwyer on the all-tournament team were Kean's Matt Horton, Greensboro's Marcellus Morgan and Tuft's Blaine Lay.
In the consolation game, Trey Williams was one of four players in double figures as Greensboro used a big second half to pull away from Tufts, 80-58. Williams finished with a game-high 16 points while Marcellus Morgan added 11 points.
Catholic returns to action on Wednesday, January 14th as they play at Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference game at 8 p.m. me at 2 p.m.