WASHINGTON D.C.--In the finals of the Catholic University Tournament, the Catholic Cardinals (8-3) defeated the Williams College Ephs (7-3) by a score of 65-57. The Cardinals held the lead for the entire second half, and were able to successfully fight off a late Ephs' rally.
"I thought we got the shots we wanted to. We got to the rim and we got open shots for the right guys, they just didn't go in. We kept fighting and found a way to cut it to one and a chance to win," said Williams head coach Kevin App.
Catholic controlled play for most of the first half, and led by as many as 10. However, Williams started to attack the basket and claw their way back into the game. The Ephs scored the final 6 points of the half to take some momentum into the break. Catholic still led 31-27 at halftime.
Sophomore guard Chris Galvin, having returned from injury for the tournament, led the Ephs with 7 points in the first half.
Catholic opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 41-29 lead, forcing Williams to call an early timeout. The Cardinals extended their lead to 55-40 on two free throws by freshman guard Andre Mitchell with 8:10 remaining in the game.
Williams would battle back and a corner three by sophomore guard Cole Teal helped the Ephs cut their deficit to 8 with 6:15 left.
A few possessions later, freshman swingman Kyle Scadlock drove to the hoop for an and-one which made the score 56-50. Junior swingman Daniel Aronowitz would cut the Ephs' deficit to four on a fast break layup with 4:00 remaining. Aronowitz finished with his left hand on the next possession to cut Catholic's lead to 58-56.
Scadlock got fouled on a drive to the hoop with 1:15 left and made one of two free throws to cut it to 58-57. Catholic would score the final 7 points of the game to win the game and the tournament.
"Sometimes the shots don't fall, but what's good is that we're playing hard on defense which is allowing us to get back into games," said App.
Aronowitz led Williams with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Catholic guard Jay Howard led the Cardinals with 21 points.
Williams next plays at Castleton State on January 3rd at 1:00 P.M.