January 12, 2012

CUA back in action this weekend at home

WASHINGTON - CUA returns home this weekend to face Susquehanna and Juniata inside the DuFour Center.  The Cardinals are looking to snap a three-game skid after dropping a pair of tough contests at Moravian and Scranton last week.  Susquehanna and Juniata both went 2-0 last week, and Juniata enters this weekend atop the conference standings at 3-0.  CUA defeated these two teams at home last season in impressive fashion, winning the two games by a total of 63 points.

The Cardinals switched up their starting lineup for the Scranton game last weekend, and Nate Koenig and Darrell Carroll did not disappoint.  Koenig sank 8 of 16 shots en route to a career-high 20 points, while Carroll finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds.  In CUA's last four games, that duo is averaging a combined 27.5 points and 7 rebounds.

With a 7-1 record at home, CUA has certainly enjoyed playing inside the DuFour Center this season.  In those eight games, CUA has averaged 83.4 points, while allowing 69.1, to go along with a +12.5 rebound margin.  Since the start of the 2008-09 season, CUA is 39-8 at home.

The Cardinals continue to lead the Landmark Conference in scoring, averaging 80.4 points per game.  CUA has scored at least 80 points seven times this season, with a high of 111 vs. Mt. Aloysius on December 12.

Susquehanna enters this weekend riding a three-game winning streak, which includes home wins over Drew and Merchant Marine Academy last weekend.  The Crusaders are only 1-4 on the road this season, which is where they will play six of their final ten games.

Spenser Spencer leads the team in scoring at 18.2 points per game, with Harley Sellinger next in line (12.9).  Susquehanna is averaging 17.5 turnovers per game, while forcing only 12.4.  The all-time series between CUA and Susquehanna is knotted at ten wins apiece.

After being picked to finish sixth in the conference's preseason poll, Juniata has sprinted to a 3-0 start in the Landmark, including wins vs. Merchant Marine Academy and Drew last weekend.  Winners of five of their last six, the Eagles are a perfect 7-0 at home this season, but just 1-3 on the road.

Jeremy Hays (12.3) and Dan Sekulski (12.1) are the Eagles' top two leading scorers and Nate Higgins leads the team in rebounding (5.6).  Juniata, which leads the all-time series with CUA 5-4, is third in the Landmark Conference in scoring, averaging 73.1 points per game.

For more information on this weekend's games, check out the CUA game notes.

Friday's game between CUA and Susquehanna will get underway beginning at 5:30 p.m.  On Saturday, the Cardinals will host Juniata at 2.  CUA will offer live video and stats of both games.

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