Royals Rule Out Cards

Royals Rule Out Cards

Royals Rule Out Cards
CUA hosts its final home game Sunday


WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball squad had yet another rough one in the Landmark Conference Saturday evening with a 65-50 loss to the University of Scranton Royals (15-8, 7-5 Landmark Conference). The Cardinals scored a season-low 50 points and fall to 8-15 overall and 2-10 in conference.

The game started off roughly for the Cards with the Royals taking a 19-point lead fueled by a 9-0 run early in the game. From that point on it became difficult for the Cardinals to regain the lead, since the Royal offense kept hitting their shots. At halftime, the Cards were in the hole 40-21.

The first half was no walk in the park for the CUA. They scored just 21 points shooting 39.1 percent from the field, 14.3 percent from beyond the arc and 40 percent from the line. The Cardinals posted 11 rebounds and the defense managed two steals. Freshman Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led the Cards with three points and three rebounds. The Royal offense was nearly unstoppable with an incredible 66.7 percent from long range, 60.9 percent from the field, and 50 percent from the line.

The second half started just as rough for the Cards. The Cardinal offense battled back, however, and cut the deficit in half. Banzhaf led the offense with 10 points and classmate R.J. Dixon (Charlotte, N.C./ Cannon School) had nine and three rebounds.

Overall, the Cards shot 38.9 percent from the field, 12.5 percent form beyond the arc and 42.9 percent from the line. The Cardinals outrebounded the Royals 29-28 and had six fewer turnovers.

The Cardinals play their last home game of the season as they battle Landmark Conference rival Moravian College Sunday at 4 p.m. at the DuFour Center.