By Chris McManes
WASHINGTON – This isn't the way Catholic University wanted to head into Christmas break.
Dickinson College handed the Cardinals their second consecutive loss, 86-74, in a foul-plagued game at DuFour Center on Tuesday night. Adam Honig scored half of his game-high 30 points from 3-point range to lead the visitors.
Gerry Wixted added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Red Devils, who won their fifth straight to move to 7-1. The Cardinals dropped to 4-4.
Steve Limberiou paced CUA with 25 points, five rebounds and a career-high six steals. Freshman Louis Khouri tallied a personal-best 17 points, including a 9-for-11 performance from the line. Bryson Fonville added 11 points and five assists, and Jared Prince had 10 points and five boards.
Dickinson led almost the entire game and took a 36-31 lead into halftime. Honig, who finished 8 of 15 from the floor, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc, had 18 points in the first half. The 6-foot-1 senior guard was 9 of 11 from the foul line in 38 minutes of action and added four assists and three caroms. Wixted's point total included the 1,000th of his career.
The Cards cut the Red Devil lead to 53-45 on consecutive triples by Limberiou with 10:59 left. They hurt their chance to cut further into the deficit by missing five of their next seven free throws. CUA's full court press paid dividends when Limberiou stole a pass at halfcourt and went in for a layup. Still, the Cardinals trailed by eight at the 5:26 mark.
Limberiou answered a three-point play by Honig with an NBA-range trey from the left side. A shade over a minute later, he had a chance to cut the Dickinson lead to seven, but missed a trey after another of his four second-half steals. The Red Devils scored the next five points for a 15-point bulge with 2:27 left. Limberiou scored 17 points and Khouri 13 after the break.
Limberiou, the Cards' leading scorer and top outside shooter, was 7 of 15 from the field (3 of 7 in 3-point territory) and 8 of 11 from the stripe. He logged a team-high 36 minutes.
Five players fouled out and 66 total fouls were called. Dickinson, which entered the contest making 50.3 percent of its field goals, was 24 of 47 (51.1 percent) Tuesday. They were holding opponents to 33.7 percent shooting and CUA checked in at 33.9 percent. The Red Devils out-boarded the hosts, 40-31. The Cardinals forced 16 turnovers and committed just seven.
The Cards are off until they play at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., on Jan. 2. They host the CUA-Holiday Inn Classic on Jan. 4. The Cardinals will play SUNY Cortland, and Misericodia plays St. Joseph's-Maine.