Towson Cath. falls to DeMatha

Mt. St. Joe wins in OT in Baltimore-D.C. split

Boys basketball

January 28, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Washington -- Georgetown-bound Austin Freeman scored 31 points to lead DeMatha to a 78-71 victory over top-ranked Towson Catholic last night as part of a showcase doubleheader at American University's Bender Arena.

In the first game of the ESPNU-televised event pitting top teams from the Baltimore and Washington areas against each other, No. 2 Mount St. Joseph outlasted St. John's, 69-65, in overtime.

Hyattsville's DeMatha (14-4), ranked No. 2 by The Washington Post and 18th nationally by USA Today, led 58-44 early in the fourth quarter, but Malcolm Delaney and Donte Greene led a furious comeback by the Owls (20-4).

Delaney and Greene combined for 29 points in the quarter, but the Owls were unable to cut the deficit below six. Delaney finished with a team-high 29 points - including 16 in the fourth quarter - and Greene had 23.

DeMatha raced out to an early 11-2 lead behind the overall guard play of Freeman, but the Owls, on the strength of three dunks by Greene, stayed in the game.

Towson Catholic was down 32-22 at the half, and the Stags maintained a 10-point lead after three quarters.

In the opening game, Mount St. Joseph senior Dino Gregory banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation - the first three-pointer of his career - to send the game into overtime.

"It was a good shot at a good time," said Gregory, who had 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks. "It felt so good. It was the biggest shot of my career in such a big game, Baltimore vs. Washington and all."

Mount St. Joseph (18-4) got five points from Justin McCoy, and Henry Sims scored four of his team-high 20 points in the extra four-minute session.

The desperation three-pointer by the 6-foot-9, Maryland-bound Gregory gave the Gaels a 57-57 tie against the Cadets (16-5), ranked No. 4 by The Post.

The Gaels trailed most of the game and had to overcome 40 points by Chris Wright, St. John's Georgetown-bound guard.

Mount St. Joseph had taken a 54-53 lead on a jumper by Sims (10 rebounds) with 1:06 left, but the Cadets made four of six from the free-throw line for a 57-54 edge with six-tenths of a second left.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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