Hot shooting, Koenig's career night carry No. 11 CUA to playoff bid
WASHINGTON – Behind the first double-double of senior Nate Koenig's career, No. 11 CUA (19-2, 9-1) downed Drew 84-73 on Saturday evening to improve to 11-0 inside the DuFour Center this season and clinch a bid to the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament. Koenig scored a season-high 17 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Shawn Holmes (24), Chris Kearney (23) and Steve Limberiou (10) also scored in double figures.
Luke Glass knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 25 points for the Rangers (9-12, 3-7).
Drew came out of the gate on fire, shooting 50 percent in the first half, which included a 7 of 9 showing from downtown. Despite the Rangers sharp shooting, CUA was able to take a 42-35 lead into halftime.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Glass and John Ford gave the visitors a 14-10 lead with 14:56 to play in the opening half, and after Jason Huelbig got inside for a layup at the 12:01 mark, the Cardinals found themselves down 10.
CUA then scored seven straight to pull within three with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
Kearney's jumper with 6:07 remaining made it a one-point game, and two free throws by Holmes at the 2:44 mark gave the Cards their first lead since 18:27 remained in the half.
A Glass 3-pointer with 1:09 to play brought the Rangers within 38-35, but CUA scored the final four points to go into the break leading by seven.
CUA flipped the script at the start of the second half, scoring the first seven points to open up a 14-point bulge with 15:04 on the clock.
A Koenig 3-pointer at the 11:18 mark extended the lead to 16, and Austin Calling's layup a minute later made it an 18-point game.
Drew did what it could to try and hang in this one, but CUA sank all 10 of its free throw attempts in the final 1:30 to earn its seventh consecutive victory.
CUA shot above 50 percent in both halves, and finished at 55.2 for the game. The Cardinals sank six 3-pointers and did a great job at the foul line, making 28 of 36 attempts (77.8).
The Cardinals once again did not make many mistakes with the basketball, turning it over only eight times, while Bryson Fonville and Kyle Phanord handed out six assists each as CUA totaled 20 helpers on 25 made field goals.
Huelbig added 13 points for the visitors, who shot just 39.4 percent after halftime and were outrebounded 34-30.
No. 11 CUA will be back in action on Wednesday evening when the Cardinals begin a three-game roadtrip in Pennsylvania against Susquehanna. Start time is set for 7:30 p.m.