Gwynedd Mercy 74, Catholic 72 OT
Mar 6, 2004
GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA. --- Catholic had their 2003-04 season come to an end as Gwynedd Mercy held off the Cardinals, 74-72, in overtime in a NCAA Division III Second-Round Game Saturday night.
The Cardinals forced the overtime period on a Patrick Satalin (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to tie it at 60-60.
From there the Griffins converted on 6-of-10 from the free-throw line and survived a late CUA bucket cutting the lead to two as Gwynedd Mercy, playing in their first NCAA Tournament game, advanced to the Sweet 16.
CUA had their biggest lead at nine midway throughout the first half as Satalin gave Catholic a 24-15 edge. But GMC answered taking a 31-28 lead on a Badou Gaye layin. Satalin finished was one of four Cardinals in double figures with 18 points.
A trey from Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) tied the game at 31-31 and helped the Cardinals score the next four points to close the half and take a 35-31 lead at the break. Dwyer scored 11 points, all of which came in the first half.
A 10-0 run by the Griffins early in the second gave GMC their biggest lead of the contest, 56-50, with eight minutes remaining.
The two teams had trouble finding their shooting touch, as the two teams combined for 13 points over the next seven minutes.
Two free-throws by Corey Cann gave GMC a 60-57 lead with 24 seconds in the game, setting the stage for Satalin's off-balance three-pointer to tie the two teams for the sixth time.
In the overtime period, the Cardinals were 5-of-12 shooting but could only convert on just 1-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Satalin hit his third trey of the game to cut the GMC lead to 73-70 with 22 ticks in the extra session. Rashid Santiago hit the back end of a 1-and-1 to make it a four-points game before Blair Mills (Hebron, MD./Wicomico) tipped in a three-point miss by William Morley (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) with 5 seconds.
The Griffins were able to beat the full-court trap and run out the clock.
Gaye totaled 21 points and teammate Jolon Davis added 10 points and 11 boards.
Seniors Morley (team-high 20 points/12 boards) and Mills (11 points/game-high 14 rebounds) each recorded a double-double. Adam Dickman (Walkersville, Md./Thomas Johnson) chipped in two points, five assists, and three rebounds. The trio end their spectacular careers winning 102 games compared to 18 losses, three CAC Championships, four NCAA Tournament Appearances, and a National Championship in 2001.
The Cardinals finish the season at 24-6