January 17, 2013

No. 11 Cardinals welcome Scranton to town on Saturday

WASHINGTON - Sitting in sole possession of first place in the Landmark Conference, No. 11 CUA welcomes Scranton to the DuFour Center Saturday evening.  The Cardinals shot 52 percent from the floor and raced past Susquehanna 82-65 on Wednesday evening, with Chris Kearney and Steve Limberiou sharing top scoring honors with 19 points apiece.  That win pushed CUA’s record to a perfect 7-0 this season at home.

Kearney led CUA in scoring on Wednesday, with 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting.  The Virginia native is closing in on his 1,000th career point, entering this weekend with 941 career tallies.

CUA is a perfect 7-0 at home this season, with the six wins coming by an average of 22 points.  The Cardinals are holding teams to 54.3 points on 35% shooting inside the DuFour Center, while shooting an impressive 47% from 3-point range.

All five of CUA’s starters played at least 30 minutes in the win over Susquehanna, with Kyle Phanord the only reserve who played at least 10 minutes.  CUA’s starters are all averaging at least 30 minutes per game, except Nate Koenig, who is playing nearly 28 minutes.

Freshman point guard Bryson Fonville has had a terrific first season for the Cardinals, averaging 8.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 30.2 minutes per game.  In his last four games, Fonville’s numbers have jumped to 13.3 points and 5.8 assists in 35.5 minutes.  He has set a new career high in points twice during this time.

Scranton, the two-time defending conference champion, opened the season on a six-game winning streak, but a conference loss to Merchant Marine Academy on December 9 was the first of three straight for the Royals.  Six more wins in a row followed, but the Royals fell to Drew on Wednesday at home, snapping their win streak.

Three Scranton players average double figures on the offensive end, led by Ross Danzig’s 16.1 points per game.  Danzig is also the team’s top rebounder at 8.2 per game.

The Cardinals and Royals meet for the 41st time Saturday evening with Scranton holding a 27-13 lead.  CUA has dropped 10 straight to the Royals, with the last win coming on January 17, 2009 by a score of 64-59.

For more information on this weekend’s contest, check out the CUA game notes.

Saturday’s game will tip-off at 6 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.  All of the action will be broadcast live on cuacardinals.com.

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