Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Glenn Kolonics atoned for a poor first by scoring 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half last night, enabling Catholic University to pull away from Wagner College at CU's Brookland Gym, 95-68.
Kolonics and his specialty, the 20-foot jump shot, were at their best during a seven-minute span of the second half in which the Cardinals broke open a close game with a 24-9 spurt. Seven times during the streak Kolonics shot: seven times it swished.
"He's the kind of shooter who can do that," said Catholic coach Jack Kvancz, whose team broke a two-game losing streak and is now 8-10. "During the first half, we just didn't take this thought we were good enough to blow them out."
With Kolonics hitting only two of his 12 first-half attempts the Cardinals had to rely on Stan Cooper and Mike McNally. Each contributed 13 points in the half to give Catholic a 10-point halftime lead.
Cooper finished with his season's best, 21 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots. Kvancz credited a Cooper duck shot early in the second half as the impetus behind Catholic's spurt.
"Until that point we were kind of listless," Kvancz said. "We needed something to wake us up and Cooper's dunk did just that."
until Cooper's theatrics, Wagner had crept to six points by exploiting the Cardinals' man-to-man defense with long jump shots. Then Kolonics and his teamates went to work.
McNally who had 14 assists began to trigger the Cardinals' fast break with Kevin Dziwulski and Pete Gruzinskas receiving his passes for easy layups. By the time that Cardinal fast break and slowed, the six-point lead had stretched to more than 20.
In the first half, the teams traded baskets until midway when McNally hit two long jumpers and Cooper a three-point play to make it 21-24. Wagner never caught up.