St. Joseph’s (18-9, 7-0 HVIAC) has now won three HVIAC tournament championships in school history and have won four games in a row overall, while Vaughn (14-11, 5-2 HVIAC) sees their cinderella run come to an end in their first championship game appearance since 2010.
Louison continued his double-double ways, picking up his 16th on the season with a game-high 25 points and a season-high 17 rebounds on 11-of-17 shooting from the field. The forward earned Tournament MVP honors after averaging 20.5 points and 15.0 rebounds per game over the two games. Megafu finished with 22 points and six rebounds, going an efficient 9-of-11 from the floor.
Also reaching double figures for the Bears was junior Vernon Maddox (Staten Island/St. Peter’s) who chipped in a career-high 19 points and dished out a game-high five assists. Adding 11 points was sophomore Matt O’Neill (Brooklyn/St. Edmund Prep) who also netted four rebounds and three assists.
Jared Ndiba led the way for the Warriors with 22 points, while Eric McDonald and Ron Wyatt each poured in 12 points apiece.
Vaughn had no answer for the Bears offense as St. Joseph’s shot 65.5 percent (36-of-55) from the field, including a blistering 74.1 percent (20-of-27) in the first half that helped the Bears build a double-digit lead and take control of the game.
The Bears will wait and see if they will receive an invitation to compete in their second straight United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships taking place in Uniontown, Pa. from March 4-8. In the latest coaches poll released last Friday, the Bears were ranked No. 12.