December 12, 2017

The men’s basketball team was profiled in a Washington Post story on a match up against the University of Maryland.

Maryland paid Division III Catholic University $15,000 to visit College Park on Tuesday night, which seemed like an absurd amount of money given how lethargic the Terrapins played in the first half. It didn’t help that Maryland was missing three of its top players to ailments — sophomore Justin Jackson was sidelined with a sore shoulder, junior Dion Wiley was ill and freshman Bruno Fernando is still nursing a sprained right ankle — but the effort in the first 20 minutes was so lackluster that Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon sent in walk-on freshman Reese Mona to provide a spark.

Maryland’s talent won out in a forgettable 76-59 win, but it was a night to remember for the Cardinals. The team also received a complimentary 100 tickets in the lower bowl of Xfinity Center as part of the contract, but Tuesday was about much more than cash and seats. Catholic (2-5), which had entered the night with losses this season against schools called DeSales, Drew and Stevens, led for all but 33 seconds in the first 10 minutes of the game.

“I think I should have asked one of the assistants to pinch me at the end of the second media timeout, because I thought I was dreaming a little bit,” Catholic Coach Steve Howes said. ...

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