CUA looks to keep it going on the road this weekend
WASHINGTON - Fresh off of two wins at home, CUA hits the road this weekend for a pair of matchups with Merchant Marine Academy and Drew. The Cardinals moved above .500 in the Landmark Conference with wins over Susquehanna and Juniata last week, holding the teams to 62.5 points on 39% shooting. Steve Limberiou netted a game-high 23 points in the win over Susquehanna, and against Juniata, he was one of four Cardinals to reach double figures.
Limberiou received his second Landmark Conference Player of the Week award on Monday. The Pittsburgh native averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in CUA's two wins last week, and currently leads the Cardinals in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Limberiou's two awards and Shawn Holmes' three give CUA five of the nine weekly awards this season.
Jared Prince had a pair of impressive performances for CUA last weekend. The freshman averaged 10.5 points and 4 rebounds, while shooting 62% from the floor in the Cardinals' two wins. He netted a career-high 11 points vs. Susquehanna.
The Cardinals have shot 122 more free throws than their opponents and made a staggering 138 more than the opposition. CUA is shooting nearly 75% at the charity stripe, led by Nate Koenig, who has hit 33 of 34 attempts (97.1%). The Cardinals have shot at least 75% in ten games.
CUA is ranked 11th in America in 3-point percentage, knocking down 41.1% of its attempts. The Cardinals, who have shot at least 40% from downtown in 10 games, are led by Limberiou, who is fifth in America with an impressive 50.6% success rate.
Merchant Marine Academy enters this weekend with a record of 1-4 in the Landmark Conference, which includes a pair of losses to Moravian and Scranton last weekend. Reed Buck is the team's leading scorer, averaging 20.8 points per game, which is 26th best in the nation. CUA leads the all-time series 9-8 after sweeping the two meetings last season.
After dropping 11 straight games, Drew broke through with a 69-60 win over Moravian last weekend in Pennsylvania. The Rangers rode the hot shooting of John Ford, who knocked down six 3-pointers on his way to 29 points, to earn their first conference win of the season. Asmar Capers added 20 points, and currently leads Drew with a 20.3 per game average.
CUA and Drew split their two regular season meetings in 2010-11, before the Cardinals earned a hard-fought 71-58 win in New Jersey in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Tournament.
For more information on this weekend's Landmark Conference games, check out the CUA game notes.
Friday's game at Merchant Marine Academy gets underway beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, CUA and Drew will get started at 2. Drew will offer live video and stats of the game.