[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

March 4, 2002


Men's Basketball Gets Home Court Advantage for Sectionals


Guard Kevin Wise helped CUA beat Hampden-Sydney 74-68 on March 2.

Catholic University will host the Atlantic Sectionals of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday nights at the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center. It is the first time CUA has hosted the NCAA's sectional playoffs in the round featuring 16 teams, commonly known as the “Sweet Sixteen.”


Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown, Pa.) College (26-2) and Cabrini (Radnor, Pa.) College (19-11) will play first, taking the court at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The CUA Cardinals (26-2), defending champions and the nation's only team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen five consecutive times, will play Clark (Worcester, Mass.) University (22-5) at 8 p.m.


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Friday's winners will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in the DuFour Center. The sectional champion advances to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va., March 15-16.


Coach Michael Lonergan said after five trips to the Sweet Sixteen, the Cardinals have earned their right to host the sectionals on home ground.


“This year we’ve met our goal of being undefeated at home. We play much better at home,” Coach Lonergan said. “We have a young team this year, so a home court advantage will definitely help boost their confidence.”


More than 2,000 fans came out to see the Cardinals play Hampden-Sydney at home on March 2.

The Cardinals have a 17-0 record at home this season and drew a supportive crowd for their 74-68 win over Hampden-Sydney on March 2, even though students had already begun their spring break.


Commenting on the challenge of winning two games Friday and Saturday night, Coach Lonergan said “It won’t be easy, but I feel a lot better than if we had to go play this weekend in Elizabethtown, Pa.”


CUA has been ranked as one of the top three Division III teams in the country for the entire 2001-2002 season. The team currently is ranked third in the nation. Coach Lonergan said this season has been a worthy follow-up to last year’s surprise NCAA Division III National Championship. The title marked the first time a CUA sports team has won a national title.


Tickets to the games on Friday and Saturday cost $5 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets will only be sold at the door, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, contact Chris Panter in the athletics department at 202-319-5610 or e-mail: panter@cua.edu.


For more information on the men’s basketball team, visit: http://athletics.cua.edu/mbball.htm.


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