Cardinals begin play in ECAC Tournament on Wednesday at home

Cardinals begin play in ECAC Tournament on Wednesday at home

WASHINGTON - CUA opens play in the ECAC Tournament on Wednesday evening, when the No. 3 seed Cardinals welcome sixth-seeded Gwynedd-Mercy to the DuFour Center.  CUA has been off since February 18 when the Cardinals raced past Goucher 84-51.

Steve Limberiou led the way for the winners with a game-high 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Shawn Holmes, Darrell Carroll and Billy Donovan joined him in double figures.  The Griffins are 17-9 on the season, and have not played since dropping a 94-82 decision to Immaculata in the first round of the CSAC Tournament.

This marks the fourth straight year in which CUA has played in the ECAC Tournament.  The Cardinals have won at least won game in two of the previous three tournaments, including last season when they advanced to the championship game.

CUA returns home on Wednesday for the first time since February 4.  The Cardinals are 10-4 inside the DuFour Center this season, including a 6-1 mark vs. non-conference foes.  CUA is averaging 79.8 points at home, and has scored 75 or more points 10 times during that span.

Limberiou is having a freshman season to remember.  His 348 points this season are the most by a CUA freshman since Will Morley netted 353 during the 2000-01 National Championship season.

CUA has gone 10-1 in non-conference games this season, with the lone loss coming vs. No. 24 Buffalo State. The Cardinals have been most impressive during the first half, outscoring opponents a combined 431-314 before halftime.

CUA is playing in its seventh ECAC Tournament.  The Cardinals won the 1986 South Region championship by defeating Mary Washington and Frostburg State. CUA also reached the title games in 2005 and 2011.

Gwynedd-Mercy is making its third appearance in the ECAC Tournament.  The Griffins are 17-9 overall and posted a 12-6 record within the Colonial States Athletic Conference this season.  Gwynedd-Mercy is just 6-5 away from home, but has won its last three true road games.

Dan DelConte leads the squad with a 20.2 points per game average, with Brandyn Wims (12.1) and Frank Champion (10.2) next in line.  Champion also leads the Griffins in rebounding (7.1).  CUA and Gwynedd-Mercy did not face any common opponents this season.

Wednesday's game tips off at 7 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.  For more information on the matchup, check out the CUA game notes.