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Cabrini Athletics | February 17, 2014

Second-half run sends Cabrini by Neumann

ASTON, Pa. -- Cabrini bounced back from its first loss of the season as it fought back Neumann to score an 84-72 victory. The victory improves the Cavaliers to 21-1 overall and 15-1 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. With two games to play, the Blue and White remain in position to secure the top seed in the upcoming CSAC tournament and home court throughout.

The Camden connection of juniors Vinny Walls and Aaron Walton-Moss provided the offensive spark for Cabrini, combining for 50 points on the night. Walls hit 4-for-4 from 3-point range en route to 28 points in 31 minutes. Walton-Moss recorded his 11th double-double in 20 games with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Both teams exchange buckets in the early going but trailing 14-12 with 11:25 to play before the half, sophomore Brad Fagan's 3-pointer spurred the Cavaliers' offense. Minutes later, back-to-back 3s from senior Fran Rafferty and Walls extended the lead to 27-18. A pair of Walls free throws with 0.7 seconds on the clock sent Cabrini into the half with a 40-27 lead.

The Knights came out of the locker room on fire, opening the second half on a 15-2 run, eventually taking a 47-46 lead with 14:43 to play. The Blue and White had an answer  The Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run, punctuated by a three-point play for Walton-Moss. By the middle of the period, Cabrini had extended its lead to 63-53 and never looked back.

The Blue and White knocked down nearly 52 percent of its field goal attempts, including 9 of 17 from 3-point range.  Cabrini also connected on 17 of 21 from the free-throw line, including 6 of 8 from Walls and 4 of 4 for both Walton-Moss and Rafferty.

Senior Vernon Robinson added 11 points, with a trio of treys, along with three steals. Raffert finished with nine points and six rebounds, while Fagan chipped in with seven points.

Reggie Coleman led the Knights (16-8, 11-6 CSAC) with 31 point and four steals. Mark Blount tallied 18 points, 19 boards and four blocked shots.