Mount St. Joe outlasts St. John's

Towson Catholic falls in Baltimore-D.C. split

Boys Basketball

January 28, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,[ sun reporter ]

WASHINGTON // Dino Gregory banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send No. 2 Mount St. Joseph into overtime, where the Gaels outlasted St. John?s of D.C., 69-65, last night in the first game of a showcase doubleheader at American University?s Bender Arena.

In the second game of the ESPNU-televised event, topranked Towson Catholic dropped a 78-71 decision to DeMatha High.

Austin Freeman, bound for Georgetown, led the Stags (14-4) with 31 points. DeMatha is ranked No. 2 by The Washington Post.

DeMatha led 58-44 early in the fourth period but Donte Greene and Malcolm Delaney led a furious comeback by the Owls (20-4). Greene and Delaney combined for 29 points in the fourth per riod but the Owls came up short.

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

Junior Chris Olsen, who made two late three-pointers in his return from a broken hand, threw the inbounds pass to Gregory at the top of the circle.

With his back to the basket, Gregory caught the ball, spun and launched a shot for his first career three-pointer to set the crowd of 3,500 wild.

"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."

"It couldn't have been a better game and I?m really proud of our team the way they battled back," said coach Pat Clatchey, whose Gaels trailed 49-41 after the third quarter. "You had two great teams, on TV " it was exciting. My hat?s off to St. John's, and that Chris Wright is a tremendous player."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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