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March 12, 2001

Basketball Team Going to Final Four; Pep Rally on Wednesday


For the first time in Catholic University's history, the men's basketball team has advanced to the round of Final Four in NCAA Division III competition.


The team reached this milestone with an 82-78 victory March 10 against Clark University in Worcester, Mass.  It was their 14th consecutive victory.


Head Men's Basketball Coach Michael T. Lonergan attributes the team's success to its character. "The thing that has made this year’s team great is the way they have stuck together on and off the court through adversity -- so many personal tragedies our players have dealt with this season have brought them closer together and allowed them to reach their goal of a Final Four.  This has truly been a team of destiny."


The Cardinals, ranked 14th nationally, travel to Salem, Va., for the semifinal match where they will play No. 3 ranked Ohio Northern at Salem Civic Center on Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m.  The winner of that match will play for the national championship on Saturday, March 17, at 5 p.m.  The two teams that lose their semifinal games Friday will face off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


A campus pep rally is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m., at the University Center arbor. Immediately following the rally, the team will depart for Salem.


Those who are unable to travel to the game may be able to listen to it via the Internet by accessing D3hoops.com.


Catholic University is the only team in the nation to have advanced to the NCAA Division III round of 16 teams (known as the "Sweet 16") for the last four consecutive years.


For more information on the men's basketball team and the NCAA Final Four, go to http://finalfour.cua.edu.  




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