Cardinals Advance to Bill Sudeck Championship

Cardinals Advance to Bill Sudeck Championship

Cardinals Advance to Bill Sudeck Championship
CUA defeats Mount Union 80-74


CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Catholic University men's basketball squad (3-1) beat the Mount Union College Raiders (1-2) Saturday evening in the semifinals of the Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament hosted by Case Western Reserve. Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) scored 19 points to lead the Cards who have advanced to the championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Mount Union got off to a quick start but the Cards came back midway through the first as Olivero hit a trio of three's to put CUA ahead by four with eight minutes left in the half. Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) added to the lead off of a hustle play where he missed the three but got his own rebound and sank the jumper to put the Cards up 26-18. Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long as CUA cooled off and Mount Union scored to pull ahead by three with two minutes remaining. Neither team would score in the final minutes making the score 34-31, Raiders, going into the break.

Olivero led the Cards with nine points and sophomore Ryan Jones (Coudersport, Pa./Coudersport) added seven. Jones and freshman Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) each posted a team-high four rebounds. The Cardinals shot 36.4 percent in the first half and pulled down 20 rebounds while the Raiders notched 23 rebounds and shot 45.2 percent.

The Raiders' attack didn't let up in the second half as they improved their lead to as much as 11 at 13:50. However, the Cards still had something left and went on an 11-0 run to tie it up for the third time in the game. Olivero sparked the run with a pair of three's while Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) hit a jumper and Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) swished a shot from beyond the arc for the equalizer at 53. From that point on the lead went back and forth but with five minutes left, Jones hit a three that put the Cards ontop for good. With the Raiders forced to foul CUA shot 100 percent from the line in the final two minutes sinking 12 free throws to cruise to a 80-74 victory.

Olivero had a game-high 19 points, going 5-8 from beyond the arc and also pulling down seven boards and notching six assists. Jones followed suit with 15 points and seven rebounds. Banzhaf rounded out the scoring with nine points and seven rebounds. The Cards outrebounded Mount Union 43-25 but were outshot 39.4 percent to 44.8. CUA also shot an impressive 80 percent from the charity stripe.

With the win the Cards advance to the championship game and will play the winner of Adrian/Case Western on Sunday at 4 p.m.