Cardinals Rally from Nine Down and Make it 10 Wins in a Row, 82-65

Cardinals Rally from Nine Down and Make it 10 Wins in a Row, 82-65

By Chris McManes 

WASHINGTON – Catholic University made it a perfect 10 Wednesday night.

The Cardinals rallied from nine points down to win their 10th consecutive game, 82-65 over Susquehanna University at Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove. Pa.

The victory moves CUA to 16-3 and 10-0 in the Landmark Conference. Bryson Fonville, Jay Howard and Corey Stanford – the three players Cardinal Coach Steve Howes depends upon the most – led the way.

Fonville scored 19 points, collected nine rebounds and had six assists for CUA, which found itself in a 42-33 deficit early in the second half. Stanford totaled 18 points and grabbed 10 boards, and Howard had 18 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

The Cardinal trio had plenty of help. Austin Calling made 4 of 5 shots and finished with eight points and five boards. Kyle Phanord rung up six points, and his twin brother Kevin came off the bench to score five points. Fellow reserve Louis Khouri was good for eight points and four rebounds.

"This is the first time all year that our big three all played well and we got outstanding contributions off the bench, as well as timely plays from Austin and Kyle," Howes said.

Josh Miller tallied a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders (14-5, 7-3), who saw their five-game winning streak come to a halt. Brandon Hedley scored 14 points, including the 1,000th of his career. Steven Weidlich had 10 points, four boards and five assists.

CUA produced 10 more field goals than Susquehanna and outshot the Crusaders, 53 percent to 32. The teams deadlocked on the glass with 38 caroms apiece. The Cardinals won the paint battle 42-24.

The Cards revved up fast and took a 15-2 lead only to see it dissipate and turn into a 37-33 deficit at the break. Miller's 3-pointer put Susquehanna on top 42-33 with 19:15 left in the contest.

CUA, behind 57-54 on a pair of Miller free throws, scored 10 straight points to grab the reins. Stanford's two from the line made it 67-57 at the 7:14 mark. A Kyle Phanord 3 kept the lead at 10 with under four minutes to play.

Howes was proud of how his team battled back and maintained its composure on the road against a very good team.

"It was an awesome display of playing hard with heart and poise," he said. "I'm so proud of how the guys support and believe in each other."

Stanford made 7 of 11 shots and Howard 6 of 11.

Four of the Cards' wins in their 10-game winning streak have come away from home. CUA will head back on the road Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa.

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