November 17, 2012

Cardinals take down second straight nationally ranked opponent

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Trailing No. 19 St. Mary's by one at halftime, CUA outscored the Seahawks 38-24 in the second half to earn a 65-52 win on Saturday evening in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic.  The win is the Cardinals second straight over a nationally ranked opponent in as many days after taking down No. 16 Transylvania in the opener on Friday.  Four CUA players scored in double figures, led by Chris Kearney with 19 points.

A tip-in at the first half buzzer by Pete Schramm sent CUA into the locker room trailing 28-27, but in the second half the Cardinals unleashed a 32-12 run as they grabbed a 59-40 lead with 5:03 to play.

Steve Limberiou splashed three consecutive 3-pointers to end the CUA run, which gave the Cards their largest lead of the evening.

St. Mary's pulled to within 11 in the final minute, but CUA went a perfect 6 of 6 at the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.

Kearney sank 9 of 15 shots to finish with 19 points, and he also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.  For his efforts, Kearney was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Shawn Holmes scored 16 points, while Limberiou netted 13 and Nate Koenig added 12.

CUA made an impressive 16 of 17 at the free throw line (94%) and forced the Seahawks into 15 turnovers.

Nick Laguerre led St. Mary's with 13 points, and Binak MacGyver pulled down 11 boards.

St. Mary's took a 10-point lead less than seven minutes in when Jeff Haus got inside for a layup.

A Holmes 3-pointer with 10:35 to play in the half brought the Cards to within seven, but Brendan McFall's trifecta with 7:07 on the clock again gave the Seahawks a double-digit advantage.

The lead reached as many as 12 points, but CUA slowly chipped away and finished the half on an 11-0 run, with Schramm's tip-in sending the teams into intermission.

CUA is now off until after the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Cardinals will return to action on Monday, November 26 when they travel to face Haverford.  Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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