team lost to Gwynedd-Mercy by 108-96 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship game on Friday, Feb. 27. The Cavaliers fought for the CSAC title for the first time in seven years.
“The team played hard and we had a great season, but we wish it would have had a better outcome,” assistant coach Saleem Brown said.
Gwynedd-Mercy will move on to a spot in the NCAA tournament, while the Cavaliers will continue their season as they were invited to the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament.
“It was a disappointing loss to come so close and walk away with nothing. We now have to regroup to win and end our season on a good note,” junior business administration major Kevin Misevicius said.
Though the Cavaliers lost, they did not go down without a fight.
Misevicius led the Cavs to an 8-4 score in the beginning of the game after shooting two three-point baskets, but things seemed bleak as Gwynedd-Mercy shot 52.8 percent during the first half and knocked down 8-of-14 three-point field goals.
The Griffins’ offense was anchored by sophomore forward Jon Hogga. He alone tallied for 22 of his teams’ 50 first half tallies, including five field goals.
Shortly after the fifth three-pointer, the Cavaliers were forced to regroup with a full timeout.
The Griffins held a score of 49-29 after a lay-in from their junior point guard Matt Johnson, which seemingly woke a sleeping giant in the Cavaliers offense.
With the help of senior Ryan Oxley and sophomore Glenn Washington’s back-to-back field goals, the men went on an 11-1 run.
Sophomore Dom Farrello went 4-for-4 from the foul line during the run, and as time expired in the half, the Cavs found themselves down by only 10 after a Corey White basket.
“I thought that we competed as hard as we have all year and if you take a four minute stretch in the first half, it’s a whole different game,” head coach Marcus Kahn said.
However the second half was owned by Gwynedd-Mercy and with each point the Griffins scored, the Cabrini faithful who made the trip and who were rowdy in the first half, sunk further and further down in their seats.
At one point the Cavaliers were within seven points, but the deficit quickly rose back to 20.
“We gave our best effort during the game and of course we wanted to win, but give Gwynedd-Mercy credit, they’re a tough team,” junior forward Chris Blake said.
Misevicius led the Cavs with 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Junior guard Corey White and sophomore guard Glenn Washington both tallied 16 points. Sophomore Dom Farrello scored 22 points, 7-12 from the field and 3-for-3 from long range.
“I am very proud of our team and all they accomplished this year,” Kahn said. “It is obviously disappointing to lose in a championship game, but in the big picture, we accomplished a lot this season, and for that I am proud of our players and coaching staff.”
Brown also had words of encouragement for his team.
“We had a bitter taste in our mouths, but now we have something to prepare ourselves for offseason and for next year,” Brown said.
However, Blake was quick to mention the second opportunity for glory.
“Our season is not over. We are still in great position to win a post-season championship. The team is excited to face equally talented opponents in the ECAC tournament,” Blake said.