Vinny Walls, Fran Rafferty combine for 56 as No. 2 Cabrini gets by Cairn
LANGHORNE, Pa. -- Cabrini's high-powered offense was on display on Monday as the Cavaliers outscored Cairn 103-96. The victory keeps the Blue and White perfect on the season at 19-0, including a 13-0 mark in the Colonial States Athletic Conference.
Junior Vinny Walls and senior Fran Rafferty provided the horsepower for the Cavaliers, combining for 56 points on the night. Walls posted a career-high 34 points on 14 of 18 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Rafferty added 22 points and six rebounds, connecting on 9-for-14 shooting and 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line.
The Blue and White built an early lead but couldn Cairn held its ground. Cabrini's advantage hovered between seven and 11 points for much of the opening half before extending its lead to 16 points late in the opening half.
Cabrini built its 58-44 halftime lead on the strength of a blistering 23 of 36 shooting from the field, including nearly 65 percent from 3-point range.
Walls opened the second half with 10 of Cabrini's first 16 points as the Cavaliers extended their lead to a game-high 24 points less than four minutes into the stanza. The Highlanders used a 12-0 run to cut their deficit back to 74-62. The Blue and White responded with a 13-5 run to rebuild a 20-point cushion.
Cairn continued to fight back, coming within six points twice in the game's final minutes before Cabrini sealed the game from the free-throw line.
Freshman Deryl Bagwell added 12 points of the bench for the Cavaliers, while senior Jon Miller paired nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Freshman Brennan McCann chipped in with eight points on the night.
Five Highlanders went for double figures on the night, led by JD Zamroz's 23 points and six assists. Azaria Parmer added 18 points for Cairn (2-20, 2-13 CSAC), while Darnell Clowney tallied 14.