The men’s basketball team played before a crowd of 493 people in their win against the Eastern University Eagles on Jan. 20.
The Cavaliers dominated a majority of the first half. At one point Cabrini led by 10 points after a nine to two run. However, due to a great number of fouls and turnovers by both teams the Cav’s lead was cut to one at the break.
At the start of the second half the fouls continued. Eastern fouled senior Brian Wood, who extended Cabrini’s lead to 3. Eastern continued to foul early in the second half, which led to six to zero Cabrini run.
Sophomore Brandon Millwood got the crowd back into the game with an inspiring dunk that gave the Cavs an eight-point lead.
Eastern never gave up in fact with 11 minutes left in the game the Eagles tied up the score at 50-50. From that point on the lead went back and forth until the last seconds of the game.
The great number of fouls continued throughout the game. With two minutes left in the Eastern’s Gus Nadelhoffer fouled out.
Cabrini’s win came as a result of their making a majority of their foul shots and Eastern not making their foul shots.
The Cavs solidified the win with just 7.3 seconds left in the game when junior Saleem Brown made his two free throws to extend their lead to four.
Senior forward Charles Epps said, “The more crowd participation the better. That is our motivation.”
The 72-68 Cabrini victory left Cabrini fans ecstatic and sent the many Eastern fans home disappointed.