CALDWELL, N.J. (March 9, 2019) -- Bloomfield College and Dominican College met in the 2017 championship final at the Newman Center in Caldwell, N.J., and will do so yet again on Sunday, as both schools earned semifinal wins on Saturday in the 2018-19 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship. The Bears (North #1 Seed) and Chargers (North #2) will square off on Sunday at 12 p.m., with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament next week at a site to be determined.
Bloomfield got the day started by erasing an eight-point deficit with 4:36 remaining to down Goldey-Beacom College (South #2) by a score of 90-86, while Dominican turned in a strong defensive effort in picking off Jefferson (South #1) by a count of 65-57.
For Bloomfield, the Bears are seeking their second CACC Championship in the last three seasons as they knocked off the Chargers in the 2017 final, and are also looking to lock up their third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
For Dominican, the Chargers defeated Jefferson in the CACC semis for the second time in the last three seasons (also doing it in 2017), and avenged a loss to the Rams in last year's CACC Championship Final. Dominican will be making its third-straight appearance in the league final.
Bloomfield and Dominican split their two-game regular-season series, with each winning on their respective home court. The Chargers outlasted the Bears, 91-84 in overtime back on Jan. 22, but Bloomfield returned the favor on Feb. 19, with a 99-90 triumph in New Jersey. Daraja Rodwell went off for 28 points to lead DC to the January victory, while Keith Washington exploded for 29 in the Bears' victory in February.
N#1 BLOOMFIELD 90, S#2 GOLDEY-BEACOM 86 / Boxscore
The Bears found themselves trailing 79-71 wiht 4:36 left in the game after Marcellus Livingston's three staked the Lightning to the eight-point advantage. Bloomfield, though, regrouped and eventually got five-straight points from CACC Player of the Year Kavione Green to take an 82-80 advantage with 1:11 remaining. Bloomfield converted its free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win. Dontay Julius came off the bench to pump in a team-high 24 points for the Bears, while also playing solid defense throughout the day. Keith Washington followed with 20, while Green followed with 18 and seven rebounds. Rich Chapman chipped in with 16 points for the Bears. Livingston paced G-B with 18 points, while Kyle Elliot and Corey Taite followed with 17 and 15, respectively. Both teams shot very well from the floor, as G-B converted at a 53-percent clip (32-of-61), while the Bears went at a 51-percent pace (34-of-66).
N#2 DOMINICAN 65, S#1 JEFFERSON 57 / Boxscore
Three Chargers came off the bench to score in double-figures, including a team-high 14 from Daniel Grant, as Dominican also turned in a smothering defensive effort to pull off the win. Grant also dished off eight assists and collected six rebounds in his impressive all-around afternoon. Daraja Rodwell and Tavon Ginyard had 11 points apiece, and Jason Copman and Ian Gardener each went for 10. Copman also ripped down six boards and was able to work Jefferson's DeVaughn Mallory (a First-Team All-CACC performer) into foul trouble early in the second half. Deondre Bourne and Josh Bradanese were Jefferson's double-figure scorers with 14 and 13, respectively. The Chargers limited the Rams to just 28 percent shooting from the field (14-of-50), including a 20-percent mark from beyond the arc (4-of-20).
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.