RADNOR, Pa. -- Senior A.J. Picard was one of three Cavaliers to score at least 20 points as Cabrini opened Colonial States Athletic Conference play with a 95-84 win against Gwynedd-Mercy on Monday at Nerney Field House. The victory improves the Blue and White to 6-0 on the season.
After amassing 894 points in three seasons at Goldey-Beacom, Picard surpassed 1,000 career points with a traditional 3-point play with 8:35 left in the game. He added five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in the win.
Junior Aaron Walton-Moss continued his high level of play, posting 29 points and matching a career-high 18 rebounds to go with seven assists in the win. He was 9 of 15 from the floor and 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. Senior Fran Rafferty added a season-high 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting in just 25 minutes of play.
Gwynedd-Mercy scored the game's first bucket before the Cavaliers took full control of the action. Cabrini built a 24-3 lead before the Griffins hit their second field goal of the night with 10:46 left in the half. The Griffins eventually found their rhythm and cut Cabrini's lead back to 44-34 in the final minute of the half before Rafferty connected on a pair of free throws to grab a 12-point lead at the break.
The Blue and White continued its push after the break, as Walton-Moss found Picard for a 3-pointer with 16:22 on the clock for a 63-40 lead. Cabrini's lead hovered between 18 and 22 points until the 8:33 mark, when Gwynedd-Mercy found its touch from the 3-point line. The combination of solid free-throw and 3-point shooting cut the Blue and White lead to 83-74 with 3:53 to play, but the Cavaliers held firm to secure the victory.
Freshman Brennan McCann posted nine points, four rebounds and four assists in the win, while fellow rookie Dery Bagwell added six points and four boards.
Junior Justin Knight led Gwynedd-Mercy (3-3, 1-1 CSAC) with 21 points and seven rebounds, including 11-13 from the free throw line. Sophomore Arron Goodman added 16 points and 13 rebounds.