Strong all-around effort leads CUA past Juniata 74-61
WASHINGTON – CUA led from start to finish in one of its most complete efforts of the season, a 74-61 victory over Juniata on Saturday afternoon. Four Cardinals scored in double figures, led by Shawn Holmes' 19 points, as CUA (13-3) handed Juniata (12-4) its first Landmark Conference loss of the season.
CUA started fast, jumping out to leads of 8-0 and 12-2 in the game's first five minutes.
A pair of Brian Scholly 3-pointers helped Juniata get to within 16-14 with 13 minutes to play before halftime, but the Cardinals answered with a 7-1 run to go back in front by eight.
Steve Limberiou's jumper at the 3:39 mark gave CUA a ten-point lead, and Holmes' jumper did the same at the 2:06 mark.
Chris Kearney's basket just before halftime sent the Cardinals into the locker room with a 34-23 advantage.
Limberiou's 3-pointer early in the second gave CUA its largest lead of the day up to that point at 37-25, and after Holmes splashed a jumper at the 17:06 mark, the Cardinals were in front by 13.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Darrell Carroll made the score 42-28 CUA with a little over 15 minutes to play, and Billy Donovan's trifecta a minute later made it a 16-point spread.
The lead reached 18 on Holmes' basket at the 12:21 mark, and 19 on Jared Prince's free throw 41 seconds later.
Alex Mace's layup at the 6:30 mark cut CUA's lead to 14 points, but Kearney scored down the other end to push it back to 16.
With just under two minutes to go, Prince got free for a dunk off a Limberiou assist and that basket sealed things for the Cardinals.
Joining Holmes in double figures were Kearney (13), Limberiou (11) and Prince (10), while Carroll and Nate Koenig added seven apiece. Carroll pulled down a team-high eight boards, while Holmes led the team with six assists.
As a team CUA handed out 20 assists on 23 field goals, and the Cardinals shot 44% from 3-point range (7-16). CUA also did a terrific job of taking care of the basketball, committing only seven turnovers, while forcing Juniata into 11.
The Eagles were led on offense by Alex Raymond with 14 points and Scholly with 13. Juniata shot just 37% from the floor, but did out-rebound CUA 36-32.
CUA hits the road for its next game, when the Cardinals travel to New York to face Merchant Marine Academy on Friday, January 20. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
CUA Head Coach Steve Howes and freshman Steve Limberiou talk about Saturday's game below.