By Chris McManes
Two players scored 10 straight points for the Catholic University men's basketball team on Thursday night. Bryson Fonville's were the most important.
Fonville scored CUA's final 10 points to rally the Cardinals to a 61-60 victory over Washington College at Cain Athletic Center in Chestertown, Md. The sophomore point guard finished with a game-high 16 points for CUA, which ended a two-game slide and improved to 5-4.
After John Weston sank a 3-pointer to give Washington a 54-51 lead with 2:35 to play, Fonville went to work. He followed a layup with a steal and converted two free throws to put the Cards on top, 55-54. Weston answered with a traditional three-point play to give the Shoremen a two-point cushion with 1:21 remaining.
Fonville put CUA back on top by one in the nail-biting final sequence of plays by hitting a jumper, getting fouled and making the foul shot. Kevin Cunningham hit another trey for Washington to give his team a 60-58 lead with 33 seconds to go.
Fonville's final points came when he made a fastbreak layup and drew heavy contact. His free throw made it 61-60. The Shoremen (3-6) called timeout with 18 seconds left. Weston misfired on a 3-pointer 12 seconds later, Pat Morgan grabbed the rebound but turned it over. The Cardinals' Kyle Phanord missed two freebies with two seconds left, but Washington could only muster a three-quarters-court heave that fell well short of the basket.
Pat Morgan led Washington with 15 points on five triples. Sean Flanigan had 11 points, and Cunningham and Weston scored nine points apiece. Cunningham paced all rebounders with 10.
A Morgan trey gave the Shoremen their biggest lead of the game, 27-20, with 5:31 remaining before recess. CUA fought back to trim Washington's halftime advantage to 29-26. A 3 by Sean Brooks midway through the second half put the Shoremen on top, 46-41. Stanford tallied the next 10 points for the Cards, opening with a 3 and closing with a layup to give CUA a 51-49 lead at the 3:38 mark.
Washington was 13 of 30 from beyond the arc but just 3-for-3 from the line. CUA made 17 of 20 free throws.
The Cardinals will host the CUA-Holiday Inn Classic on Saturday and Sunday. The Cards play SUNY Cortland at 4 p.m. Saturday following the 2 p.m. tilt between Misericodia and St. Joseph's-Maine.