Reprinted from yesterday's late edition.
With two seconds showing on the clock, Catholic's Stan Cooper broke free under the basket on an out-of-bounds play and scored a layup that defeated St. Francis of Brooklyn last night at Memorial Gymnasium, 64-63.
They play came after a St. Francis traveling violation on center Cliff Payton, who had grabbed the carom of a last-gasp Glenn Kolonics missed jumper. The Terriers' Gerard Trapp had connected on a 20-foot jump shot seconds before.
"It was a victory," said Cardinal coach Jack Kvancz, who is rumored to be heading north to coach at Boston College next season, where he once play.
"My assistant, Ed McNamara, said, 'Why don't we run that play we used at BC (Boston College)?' So in the huddle I started to point out to the guys which way to go. 'Kolonics. You go this way, Kevin (Dziwulski), you go that way and so on. The Stan asked me, 'Coach, which do I go?' and I said, 'If they leave you alone, you roll to the bucket.'"
Cooper added, "I thought I had blown it after I missed that one-and-one." The CU forward was sent to the foul line with 39 seconds left when Bob Collier was caught reaching for the ball as the Cardinals tried to freeze away a one-point lead.
"When I went up, no one was around me and I just laid it off the board and it went in," said Cooper of the winning score.
The game was slow-paced, with two evenly matched teams fighting to gain some momentum. St. Francis was never ahead in the second half until Trapp's shot gave it a 63-62 lead with 24 seconds left. And Catholic's largest lead with five points, 56-51L, with a little over four minutes to go.
Kolonics and Kevin Dziwulski connected frequently from the outside over a zone in the first half. But St. Francis made an adjustment by extending its zone to protect aganist the weak side pass.