After his last regularly scheduled home game for St. Frances, senior standout Devin Gray used three words to describe his performance.
"I went hard," Gray said.
The 6-foot-6 center scored 42 points on 20-for-24 shooting, grabbed 16 rebounds and handed out four assists to lead No. 9 St. Frances (15-5, 10-2) past No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons, 82-70, in a Catholic League game yesterday at the University of Baltimore.
For the second time this season, the inside power of Gray and 6-6 Mike Smith (12 points, 13 rebounds) made it a difficult afternoon for the Crusaders (17-9, 8-3), who fell to third place. A victory would have put Gibbons in a tie for first with Mount St. Joseph, with St. Frances falling to third instead.
"It was the biggest game of the year, and we came out flat," said Gibbons coach Ray Mullis. "We were out of sync on offense, and we couldn't move the ball. And we just didn't put a body on Gray all day long."
While Gibbons' guard-oriented offense got off to a poor start, Gray put on an inside power display. He missed his first shot from the field and then made 13 straight.
During the first half, Gibbons' outside scoring threats, Casey Musick, Ross Peacock and Quintin Moody, hit one of 18 field-goal attempts.
In other Catholic League games, Darrin Jones scored 18, as No. 7 Mount St. Joseph (18-7, 9-2) defeated host St. Maria Goretti (11-14, 3-8), 69-59; Paul Chryssikos' 13 points led No. 15 Loyola (15-12, 8-4) past host Calvert Hall (7-16, 4-7), 55-52; and Tony Bishop and James Burrell each scored 24, as Towson Catholic (7-17, 4-7) beat visiting Archbishop Curley, 73-67.