Entering the period, Grove City had held the 6'9 Cougar star to just seven points in three quarters, a number that surprised Yough head coach Brian Znavor.
"A point total like that, that's something I haven't seen since his sophomore season," Znavor told Rick Starr of the Tribune-Review. "Grove City did a great job keeping Ben out of the paint. They did a great job on Ben McCauley this night."
Pestering the hulking center with a tenacious 1-2-2 zone defense, Grove City consistently forced McCauley out the paint where he uses a variety of post moves to light up the scoreboard.
However, in the fourth quarter McCauley simply took over after hitting a driving layup minutes into the period. He added 13 more points and as the final buzzer sounded Yough escaped with a 45-44 victory.
McCauley finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
"Ben is so big, so strong, and so athletic, I don't think there is a player in the WPIAL who can stop him without help from the double and triple team," Znavor told Starr.
McCauley's younger brother, sophomore Adam McCauley, added nine for the Cougars.
Yough (20-8) advanced to the second round of the playoffs against Johnstown (Pa.) High Tuesday night. The site and time has not yet been determined.