Three named All-Conference; Kearney and Howes collect major awards
WASHINGTON – After earning its first Landmark Conference championship this past weekend, CUA picked up some serious hardware on Tuesday when the All-Conference Teams were announced. Senior Chris Kearney was named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year, while Head Coach Steve Howes and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year. In addition, Kearney, Shawn Holmes and Steve Limberiou were named All-Conference selections.
Kearney becomes the first player in the history of the Landmark Conference to be named the Player and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. The Virginia native leads the conference in blocked shots (2.1), and ranks 2nd in scoring (17.0), 3rd in field goal percentage (53.2), and 6th in rebounding (7.1).
Kearney has scored in double figures 24 times in 2012-13, topping the 20-point mark in nine games. Kearney dropped a career-high 32 points on 15 of 24 shooting to help CUA snap a 10-game losing skid vs. Scranton on January 19. He then scored 30 points on 13 of 19 shooting at Scranton in early February.
Twice this season, Kearney has been named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week as well as the Landmark Conference Player of the Week. This marks Kearney's first career All-Conference selection.
Joining Kearney on the First Team is Holmes, who earns his second straight All-Conference selection. Holmes is ranked in the top-10 of six statistical categories within the conference, and averages 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
A native of Baltimore, Holmes has scored in double figures 24 times, including a 16-point performance in last weekend's conference championship. The senior guard hit the game-winning jumper with three seconds remaining to lift the Cards to the title.
Holmes went over the 1,000-point mark for his career this season, knocking in a 3-pointer in a victory over Husson on December 30. Holmes was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Week twice this season, including on Monday.
Rounding out CUA's All-Conference selections is Limberiou, who was named to the second team. One of the top shooters in the Landmark, Limberiou ranks second in the conference in 3-point percentage (47.1). He knocked down multiple 3-pointers in 17 games, topping out with seven in two games.
Limberiou scored a career-high 29 points in a win at Susquehanna on February 6 and is currently averaging 14 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-digits 20 times, and ranks 5th in the conference in free throw percentage (80.6).
Limberiou is one of only two sophomores in the entire conference to receive All-Landmark recognition.
Howes earns his first Landmark Coach of the Year award after he and his staff guided the Cardinals to a 22-3 overall record during the regular season. It marked only the third time in 102 seasons of CUA basketball in which the Cardinals won 22 regular season games. The other seasons were 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Howes and the Cardinals also boasted a 12-2 mark within the conference, setting a school-record for Landmark victories. CUA then won two tournament games on its home court, including the championship contest, to secure its 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history.
A 1996 graduate of CUA, Howes is assisted by Paul DeStefano, Ryan Hyland, Damien Williams and Ryan Eskow.
On Monday, CUA learned that it has risen to No. 9 in this week's D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll. The Cardinals have been nationally ranked every week since this season since joining the poll on November 26.
No. 9 CUA returns to action on Saturday evening when the Cardinals play host to The College of Staten Island in a NCAA Tournament 1st Round contest. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the DuFour Center. This will be CUA's 14th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.