After being outplayed the first half, Catholic regrouped in the last 10 minutes to roll past visiting Staten Island, 83-68, in college basketball last night.
Catholic, which trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, was down six at intermission to a relatively diminutive Staten Island team.
In the second half, Cardinal forwards Mike Neville and Bill Dankos took over. Dankos, who was held scoreless with only three rebounds in the first half, scored 14 points and took down nine rebounds in the second. Neville netted 12 points in the half and 18 for the game. Bill Dooley led the Cards with 21.
Catholic tied the game at 54 with 12:10 remaining. At the seven-minute mark and ahead, 68-64, the Cardinals scored 10 straight points to blow the game wide open.
Dolphin Coach Evan Pickman said, "We didn't play so well in the first half. Catholic just slept through it. We should have been up by 15 at half. hWe played consistently throughout the game and they (Catholic) just woke up a little bit in the second half."
CU Coach Jack Kvancz said, "We think we can come out and just out-talent a team like Staten Island, but we can't. We have to play. We were a foot taller than they were and they outrebounded us in the first half (17-15)." f
"We were just two different teams," said Kvancz. "We really weren't awake until the last 10 minutes."
Gerry Koenig led Staten Island with 20 points. Staten Island is now 8-3, Catholic is 3-7.