SATALIN SCORES CAREER-HIGH 25 AS CUA WINS FOURTH CAC CROWN IN SIX YEARS
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Catholic University won its fourth Capital Athletic Conference championship in six years and sixth overall with a 79-70 win over Salisbury at DuFour Center.
CUA (21-6) received a career-high 25 points from senior guard Pat Satalin, who was 11-for-12 from the free throw line and made four three-pointers. Patrick Dwyer posted a double-double with 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Scott Fumai added 10 points for the Cardinals.
After leading 31-26 at halftime, CUA jumped out to a 40-33 lead early in the second half, but Ozi Menakaya's jumper got the Sea Gulls to within three at 40-37 with just under 15 minutes to go. The Sea Gulls would get no closer as Shane Sowden scored a layup off a Satalin feed to give CUA a 50-41 lead with 11 minutes remaining. After a Ray Williams layup cut the CUA lead to nine with less than five minutes to play, Steve Papageorge hit a wide-open trey from the left corner to put the Cardinals ahead to stay at 65-53. Williams led Salisbury with 25 points and Segun Odumeru had 20 points. The Sea Gulls shot 50% from the field, but commited 31 fouls and were outrebounded by the Cardinals, 44-31.
With the tournament victory, CUA receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The pairings will be announced Sunday, February 26.