Defense in full effect as CUA downs Drew 91-48

Defense in full effect as CUA downs Drew 91-48

WASHINGTON – The CUA men's basketball team placed five players in double figures and held Drew to 31 percent shooting as the Cardinals raced past the Rangers 91-48 on Friday evening.  Jason Banzhaf led the home team with 16 points, while Shawn Holmes added 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the Cardinals improve to 16-7 overall and 7-5 in the conference.

Leading 61-43 with 12:19 to play, CUA all but put the game away with a 9-0 run that put the Cardinals ahead 70-43 with 8:28 on the clock.  

From there the lead only continued to grow, reaching 30 on a pair of free throws by Andy Roell with 6:40 remaining and 39 on back-to-back baskets by Nate Koenig with under three to play.

Freshman Nate Lorence's free throw at the 2:05 mark made it a 40-point game and Justin Johnson added a free throw and Kevin Forde drove to the hoop for two more to set the final margin at 43.

With Friday's victory, CUA's last five wins have come by an average margin of 35 points, including a pair of 40-point blowouts.

Along with Banzhaf and Holmes, Roell (12), Chris Kearney (10) and Koenig (10) finished in double figures for the Cardinals.  CUA was nothing short of dominant on the glass, pulling down 56 rebounds, including 22 on the offensive end, to only 29 total caroms for Drew. 

The Cardinals shot 56 percent from 3-point range on the evening, sinking 9 of 16 attempts, including 2 of 2 performances by Banzhaf and classmate Brian Baker.

CUA held the Landmark Conference's leading scorer Asmar Capers to only 17 points on the night, which came on 5 of 14 shooting.  Capers had been averaging over 23 points per game.  Overall, the Rangers sank 17 of 55 field goal attempts, and only 6 of 28 3-pointers (21.4%). 

CUA began the game on an 8-0 run in the opening 1:30, which featured trifectas by Roell and Banzhaf and a layup by Kearney.  Drew scored the next seven points to pull within one, but the Cardinals responded with a 9-0 run to open up a 17-7 lead with 13:21 to go before halftime.

Dylan Bulger's basket at the 10:04 mark brought Drew to within 19-13, but CUA responded with the next five points to go in front 24-13. 

Pete Schramm's basket with 6:57 on the clock put CUA on top by 12, while Koenig's bucket at the 4:34 mark made it a 13-point game.  Holmes sank a jumper with just over a minute to play to give the Cardinals a 14-point bulge, but Luke Mullaney answered down the other end for Drew to make it a 41-29 game at halftime.

On Saturday CUA welcomes Merchant Marine Academy to the DuFour Center for a 4 p.m. showdown.