WASHINGTON – Meghale Ford (13 points) and Kirk Hawkins (12) combined to hit six 3-pointers in the second half to lead Medaille to a 66-62 victory over the Catholic University men's basketball team in the Holiday Inn Washington-College Park Tournament on Saturday.
The Mavericks will play N.C. Wesleyan in the championship game at 7 p.m. Catholic (4-6) will meet Babson for third place at 5 p.m.
Senior Jimmy Golaszewski paced the Cardinals with 16 points and eight rebounds. Junior Riley Hayes double dipped with 10 points and 14 boards while junior Brandon Easton scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
Jonathan Smith added 12 points and seven rebounds for Medaille, which won its fourth straight to improve to 5-5. Brandon Roach was good for 10 points. Cedric Mondjii's stat line included eight points, seven boards, four assists, two blocks and two steals.
In a hotly contested game on Franny Murray Court that featured 10 lead changes, Medaille rallied behind Ford and Hawkins. The guards, who assisted each other on five treys, kept the Mavericks in the game when they were down 49-42 on a Will Mulquin 3-pointer with 10:45 to go in the game.
Hawkins answered with a Ford-assisted 3-ball. The duo then reversed roles, and Hawkins' subsequent steal led to a Smith slam dunk in transition to flip the lead to Medaille, 54-53, with 6:34 remaining. Golaszewski answered with a 3 before Ford restored the Mavs' one-point lead on another triple. Hawkins pushed the lead to four with a trey at the 5:10 mark.
Golaszewski's 3 narrowed the margin to two, but a Smith steal and Hawkins pass to Ford resulted in another long bomb. That gave Medaille a 65-60 lead with 1:26 to play. Catholic didn't score again until senior Andre Mitchell sank a pair of free throws with under two seconds to play.
Easton scored six of his eight first-half points late on driving layups. The first came after a Golaszewski steal. His last one resulted in a three-point play and a 32-28 Cardinal halftime lead.
Ford ended 3 of 8 from 3-point range and had six assists. Hawkins was 3 of 4 from the same distance (all following intermission) and recorded four assists. The Mavericks assisted on 18 of their 24 field goals.
Catholic won the rebounding battle, 44-34, and held a 16-point bench advantage. Medaille scored nine fast break points and held the Cards to 33 percent shooting. The Mavs finished at 49 percent and made 10 triples to Catholic's five.