No. 6 CUA upended by Juniata 85-75 on the road

No. 6 CUA upended by Juniata 85-75 on the road

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Juniata shot 51-percent from the floor and placed four players in double figures en route to an 85-75 win over No. 6 CUA on Wednesday evening.  The loss snaps the Cardinals seven-game win streak and hands them their first Landmark Conference loss of the season.  Senior captain Chris Kearney led CUA with 20 points and 7 rebounds on the night.

The Eagles shot nearly 58-percent in the opening half en route to a 39-31 halftime lead.  Nate Higgins’ 3-pointer early in the game gave the home team a six-point lead, but back-to-back baskets by CUA pulled the Cardinals to within two with 14:52 left in the half.

Juniata went in front by seven on Kevin Stapleton’s layup with 10:05 to play before halftime, and the lead then reached 12 on Alex Raymond’s trifecta less than two minutes later.

CUA chipped away at the lead, pulling to within six on Bryson Fonville’s jumper with 5:26 to go, and then to within four on Kearney’s layup with 2:01 on the clock.

Juniata scored the final three points of the half however, to give the Eagles an eight-point lead at the break.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Juniata early in the second half extended the lead to 13, and after Raymond hit another shot from beyond the arc, CUA found itself down by 16.

Two straight baskets by Shawn Holmes near the 12-minute mark pulled the Cards to within 11, but the Eagles responded with five straight to go in front by 16.

Fonville’s jumper with 6:08 remaining cut it to a 10-point game, but Juniata scored the next four and led 70-56.

CUA refused to go away, getting to within nine on a pair of Kevin Phanord free throws with less than four minutes remaining.

Holmes then sank a pair at the line and CUA was within seven.  Juniata had an answer however, scoring four straight to open up an 11-point lead with 2:35 on the clock.

The Cardinals continued to hang around, getting to within seven on Steve Limberiou’s free throws with 2:10 remaining, but that was as close as CUA would get.

Along with Kearney, Holmes (18), Fonville (16) and Nate Koenig (10) scored in double figures, with Fonville’s 16 points establishing a career high.

Fonville also led the way with four assists and two steals.  CUA did a great job at the charity stripe, sinking 20 of 22 attempts (90.9%), and Kearney added three blocked shots to raise his career total to 185.

Raymond finished with 23 points, including three 3-pointers, while Stapleton added 20 and six boards.  The Eagles committed only five turnovers on the night and hit eight 3-pointers as a team.

CUA remains on the road for its next game, traveling back to Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon for a meeting with Moravian.  Start time is set for 4 p.m.  Links for live video and stats can be found here.