January 22, 2013

Homestand concludes on Wednesday when No. 10 CUA hosts Goucher

WASHINGTON - Winners of three straight, No. 10 CUA closes out its homestand Wednesday evening when the Cardinals play host to Goucher College.  CUA rode Chris Kearney’s career-high 32-point performance on Saturday to claim a 58-48 win over Scranton, and snap a 10-game skid vs. the Royals.  For his efforts, Kearney was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week, as well as the Landmark Conference Player of the Week.  Saturday’s win also vaulted CUA into sole possession of first place in the conference.

In its last three games, CUA has pulled down a total of 38 offensive rebounds, an average of 12.7 per.  The Cardinals have posted 12 games with double-digit offensive boards, topping out with 17 in a win at Drew.

In the win against Scranton, CUA trailed at halftime for only the fourth time this season.  The Cardinals then proceeded to outscore the Royals 32-15 in the final 20 minutes, on the strength of 10 offensive rebounds and 12 second chance points.

Senior Nate Koenig struggled to score against Scranton, hitting only 1 of 7 shots from the field.  That didn’t stop the Maryland native from having a major impact though, as he totaled career highs in rebounds (13) and assists (8), while playing a season-best 40 minutes.

CUA is a perfect 8-0 at home this season, with the eight wins coming by an average of 20.5 points.  The Cardinals are holding teams to 53.5 points on 35% shooting inside the DuFour Center, while shooting an impressive 43% from 3-point range.

CUA closes out the first half of conference play Wednesday evening. Should the Cardinals win, their 6-1 start to Landmark play would be their best ever.  The most conference wins CUA has had since joining the Landmark was 10 during the 2009-10 season.

Goucher had a rough start to the season, dropping four of its first five games.  The Gophers did win their first two games of the new year, but have since dropped three straight.  Wednesday will be only Goucher’s fourth true road game of the season.

Richard Harris is the team’s leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, while seven other Gophers average at least 5.0 points.  Goucher enters the contest ranked last in the conference in scoring offense, scoring margin, free throw percentage, field goal percentage, and 3-point field goal percentage.

CUA and Goucher will meet for the 51st time with the Cardinals holding a 38-12 lead in the series.  CUA has won nine in a row, with the last win by the Gophers coming on December 5, 2007.

Check out the CUA game notes for more information on Wednesday’s game.

Wednesday’s tilt is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.  Links for live video and stats can be found here.

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