No. 14 CUA opens conference play with 66-55 win at Drew

MADISON, N.J. – Chris Kearney scored 21 points to help lead No. 14 CUA to a 66-55 win over Drew on Saturday afternoon in the Landmark Conference opener.  The Cardinals led by as many as 23 in the second half, and used a 40-24 advantage on the backboards to earn their fifth straight win.

Leading by only two with 11:07 to play before halftime, CUA closed the half on a 22-8 run to surge into the locker room with a 36-20 advantage.

A Bryson Fonville basket with 6:08 remaining in that first half gave the Cards their first double-digit lead of the day, and after Shawn Holmes splashed a jumper two minutes later, the lead was up to 14.

Kearney began the second half with a layup to give CUA an 18-point lead, and following a Holmes free throw and Nate Koenig tip-in, the Cards were on top by 21.

Steve Limberiou's 3-pointer with 11:09 on the clock put CUA in front by 23, but Drew answered with a 13-2 run to pull within 12 with 6:49 to play.

CUA kept its double-digit lead for the remainder of the game and Holmes' three with 1:44 remaining all but sealed the win.

Limberiou finished with 14 points on the day, while Holmes totaled 12 and seven boards.  

CUA shot 50% in the first half and finished at 45%, and the Cardinals owned a 30-12 advantage in points in the paint.  CUA also scored 19 points off 16 Drew turnovers.

Luke Glass led the Rangers with 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and was joined in double figures by John Ford with 11.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals travel to Center Valley, Pa., to take on the DeSales University Bulldogs.  Start time is set for 8 p.m.