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February 12, 2012

Men's basketball: Balanced Crusaders clinch playoff berth


"That's one of the things we've been focusing on since the beginning of the season, is jumping on teams at the start of the game," Spencer said.

"It was huge to get off to the good start. I think (a start like that) clears your head," Marcinek said. "Though we jumped out to a seven- or eight-point lead right out of the gate, it usually doesn't last very long in my experience."

Catholic would never let the game get away from it in the first half -- Susquehanna never got its lead to double digits -- but the Cardinals weren't able to tie the game until late in the first half. Wilson had 13 of his 18 points in the first 22 minutes of the game, including connecting on 3-of-5 3-pointers. It was a bounce-back night shooting the ball for the junior, who was 4-of-14 from the floor on Friday night against Goucher.

"Last night, I didn't shoot well at all, but the coaches told me to keep shooting. I'm a pretty good shooter, so I'm confident they're going to start dropping," Wilson said. "If they are going to hug (Spenser), I'm going to have open 3's on the wing or on the trail."

Shawn Holmes had 17 points to lead Catholic. Limberiou added 15 points off the bench.

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