November 22, 2011

Cardinals win another close one, Howes ties Young for third

FROSTBURG, Md. – Steve Limberiou drilled three straight 3-pointers in a span of 1:24 to erase a five-point deficit and lift CUA to a 72-67 win over Frostburg State on Tuesday.  Limberiou finished with a season-high 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting and Head Coach Steve Howes earned his 134th career victory to tie Tom Young for third all-time at CUA.

Kwambina Coker's tip-in with 3:33 to play put the Bobcats in front 62-57, but Limberiou caught fire from there, drilling three consecutive shots from downtown to give the Cardinals a 66-65 lead with 1:52 on the clock.

Chris Kearney added a jumper on CUA's next possession to make it a three-point game, but Maurice Williams got to the hoop for a layup to pull Frostburg State within one.

CUA forced two straight misses by the Bobcats, and with three seconds to play Kearney sank two at the foul line to make the score 70-67.

Another miss by FSU, this one coming at the free throw line, gave the ball back to CUA, and Limberiou buried two foul shots to seal the Cardinals third straight win.

Limberiou sank four 3-pointers on the night and also pulled down six rebounds and handed out three assists.  Shawn Holmes netted 16 points on 7 of 13 shooting and Kearney finished with 14 points and 8 boards.

CUA shot 77% at the free throw line (17-22) and 53% from beyond the arc (9-17). 

Troy Dockett led Frostburg State in scoring with 15 points, and Bradley Nunn added 11 points and 10 boards.

In the first half, CUA trailed 17-9 before scoring 10 straight to take a 19-17 lead with 9:21 on the clock.

A Darrell Carroll free throw and Billy Donovan 3-pointer upped CUA's lead to 23-19, but the Bobcats scored six of the next eight points to pull even at 25.

The Cardinals went back in front on a Kearney free throw and Holmes jumper, but Frostburg State closed the half with a layup and 3-pointer to take a 30-28 lead into halftime.

Howes' record now sits at 134-66, good for a .670 winning percentage, which is third best all-time at CUA.  Young went 134-88 (.604) at CUA from 1958-1967.  Next on the Cardinals leader board is Fred Rice, with 177 victories.

CUA is now off for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to the court on Monday, November 28 when the Cardinals welcome Haverford to the DuFour Center.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.  On Wednesday, November 30, CUA will host Carnegie Mellon in another 7:00 tip.

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