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Halloran shoots Bobcats past Catholic for tourney title

Bryan Wholey '08 pivots around the Cardinals' Chris McGrew, with Jason Banzhaf looking on. (Joe Gromelski photo)

Pat Halloran '08 (left) and Brian Ellis '11 (right) harass a Cardinals player. (Joe Gromelski photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senior Pat Halloran scored a career-high 25 points, including eight during a 22-0 run, to lead the Bates College men's basketball team to a 67-59 win over Catholic University in the championship game of the CUA Classic.

Bates (6-3) won its sixth straight game and dropped the host Cardinals to 6-6.

Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) shot 8-for-12 from the floor, including 7-for-11 from three-point range. His fellow co-captain, senior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) added 18 points and was named the tournament's MVP while joining Halloran on the all-tournament team.

Evin Yarbrough led Catholic with 17 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the floor, including all three of his three-point attempts. Wes Parker added 13 points and five rebounds, while Chris McGrew came up with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Catholic took its first lead at 12-11 and built it to 34-24 with 2:43 left in the first period. But Bates held Catholic scoreless over the ensuing 7 minutes and 30 seconds, extending into the second half, while scoring 22 unanswered points in the process for a 46-36 lead.

The Cardinals clawed back to within three at 50-47 and kept the Bobcats within reach the rest of the way but couldn't retake the lead.

Other major contributors for Bates included sophomore Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) with eight points and five rebounds, sophomore Jimmy O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) with five points and a team-high six rebounds, and sophomore Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine) with a tema-high five assists to go with five rebounds.

Bates next travels to the University of New England for a non-league game this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 67, Catholic 59