No. 9 Cardinals pull away from Shoremen for 79-63 win

WASHINGTON – No. 9 CUA pulled away from a pesky Washington College squad on Wednesday evening to earn a 79-63 win inside the DuFour Center.  The Cardinals placed four players in double figures, led by Shawn Holmes' 23 points, and handed out a season-best 23 assists on 27 field goals to improve to 11-1 on the season.

CUA shot it well all evening, connecting on nearly 52% of its shots from the field, and 78% at the free throw line.  Joining Holmes in double figures were Chris Kearney (22 points, season high 14 rebounds), Steve Limberiou (14 points) and Nate Koenig (13 points).

Freshman Bryson Fonville totaled a season-high nine assists, while classmate Kyle Phanord added four assists and four rebounds.

Despite entering the game with a record of 0-11, Washington College looked strong at the start, jumping out to a 12-3 lead on the Cards following Stephen Poarch's 3-pointer 3:08 in.

A Kevin Cunningham 3-pointer on the Shoremen's next possession put the visitors on top by 10, but a 10-2 run by CUA pulled the Cardinals to within 17-15 with 11:09 to play before halftime.

Koenig tied the game with a pair of free throws with 7:40 on the clock, but Cunningham got inside for a layup down the other end to give WC a two-point edge.

CUA never panicked and grabbed the lead back, going on top by three on Limberiou's jumper with 5:19 to play in the half.

Another Limberiou jumper, this one coming less than a minute later, put the home team in front by five.

Kearney then made it a seven-point lead 3:12 to play and CUA eventually took a five-point lead into the locker room.

Washington College pulled to within one on Sean Brooks' trifecta early in the second half, but CUA scored the next four to open up a five-point lead.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Kearney with 12:34 remaining stretched the lead to eight, and after Koenig drilled a three, the Cards were on top by 11.

Fonville's layup with 8:46 to play made it an 18-point bulge, but a quick 9-2 spurt by the Shoremen cut it to an 11-point game two minutes later.

Cunningham then made it a 10-point game when he hit a 3-pointer with 3:39 on the clock as Washington College continued to hang around. 

CUA did a nice job at the free throw line and on the defensive end down the stretch however, to earn victory No. 11.

The Cardinals had their way down low all night with the Shoremen, outscoring their counterparts 36-20 in the paint.  CUA also held WC to a 32% shooting performance from the field and beyond the arc.

Cunningham led the visitors with 17 points, while Charlie McShane added 14 points, four assists and four boards.

No. 9 CUA will now welcome conference foe Merchant Marine Academy to town on Saturday evening for a 6 p.m. start.  All of the action can be seen live on cuacardinals.com.

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