February 8, 2013

No. 8 CUA looks to clinch top seed in conference tournament on Saturday

WASHINGTON - No. 8 CUA travels to Pennsylvania Saturday night for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Scranton Royals. Winners of eight straight, the Cardinals will clinch the top seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament with a win this weekend. Behind Steve Limberiou's seven 3-pointers and career-high 29 points, the Cardinals earned a 74-53 win at Susquehanna on Wednesday. CUA blew open a four-point game by outscoring the Crusaders by 17 in the second half.

CUA ranks fifth in the nation and leads the Landmark Conference in scoring defense, holding teams to 56.2 points per game.  The Cardinals also lead the conference in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 38.4 percent shooting (14th nationally).

In its last two games, CUA has pulled away in the second half, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 82-61. The Cardinals have shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 41.7 from 3-point range in those second halves, with Chris Kearney making all five of his shot attempts.

Limberiou was unstoppable in Wednesday's win. The Pittsburgh native sank seven 3-pointers, shooting 70 percent from downtown (7-10). Limberiou finished with a career-high 29 points and enters Saturday's game leading the Landmark Conference in 3-point shooting (48.3 percent).

The Cardinals tied their season high in made 3-pointers with 10 on Wednesday. CUA shot 47.6 percent from beyond the arc and enters this weekend leading the conference in 3-point shooting (39.4).

CUA's win on Wednesday gave the Cardinals 10 Landmark Conference victories this season. That is tied for the most Landmark wins CUA has had since joining the conference prior to the 2007-08 season.

A win on Saturday clinches a spot in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament for the Royals.  Scranton picked up a 77-68 win at Drew on Wednesday, after trailing the Rangers by four with 2:12 remaining. Ross Danzig led the way offensively with 19 points and is the team's leading scorer (15.8) and rebounder (7.7). Scranton is 8-4 at home this season, including a 4-2 mark vs. conference foes.

CUA and Scranton meet for the 42nd time on Saturday with the Royals holding a 27-14 lead.  The Cardinals snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series with a hard-fought 58-48 win in Washington last month, and will now look to earn its first win in Scranton since 2006.

Check out the CUA game notes for more information on Saturday's matchup.

Tip-off from Scranton's Long Center is set for 7 p.m. Click here for links to live video and stats.

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