Cards Flatten Spartans 78-61

Cards Flatten Spartans 78-61


Cards Flatten Spartans 78-61
CUA improves to 11-2 overall


WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball team continued to use its tough man to man defense and efficiency in the paint to roll over the York College Spartans (9-4, 3-3 CAC) Saturday afternoon at the DuFour Center.  CUA beat York 78-61 to improve to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the Capital Athletic Conference.

Scott Fumai hit a three at 19:20 and helped the Cards keep the lead for the entire contest.  The first half sped by as neither team subbed or committed a foul until 11:52.  CUA held a comfortable nine-point lead for a majority of the half and opened it up to 15 right before the break giving the Cards the 41-28 advantage.

In the first half, both teams shot exceptionally well at 50 percent.  Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) scored 14 including 2-3 shooting from beyond the arc.  CUA outrebounded York 18-11 and was able to convert Spartan miscues to points including 12 off of turnovers and nine on second chance shots while the Spartans took advantage of none.

In the second half, CUA broke it open even more thanks to Fumai and Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel).  For the remainder of the half, head coach Steve Howes inserted numerous players into the lineup and the Cards continued to do the little things to hold on to the lead.  With 15 players seeing the floor, CUA came out with the 78-61 win.

The Cards were outshot 48 percent to 46, but dominated in almost every other category.  CUA outrebounded York 35-26 and committed just five turnovers to the Spartans' 12.  The Cardinals managed 23 second chance points to York's three and 19-2 off of turnovers.

Fumai led all scorers with 21 and Wheeler continued to play well inside notching his second double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.  Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) rounded out the scoring with 12 and Chad McGowan had 14 for York, one-third less than his season average.

The Cards will travel to Salisbury on Wednesday for another CAC game.  Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.