January 25, 2014

League-Leading Cardinals Drop First Conference Game, 92-82

By Chris McManes

WASHINGTON - Ross Danzig played a nearly flawless game offensively to power the University of Scranton (Pa.) to a 92-82 victory over visiting Catholic University.

Danzig scored a game-high 31 points in the Saturday afternoon contest to lead all five Royal starters in double figures. Brendan Boken added 17 points, Michael Barr 15, Tommy Morgan 13 and Justin Klingman 10.

Scranton shot 54.4 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from 3-point range and 87 percent from the free-throw line.

Despite seeing their six-game winning streak come to an end, the Cardinals (11-6, 5-1) maintain sole possession of first place in the Landmark Conference, a game ahead of the Royals (14-3, 4-2).

Bryson Fonville played the entire game and paced the Cards with 29 points. Steve Limberiou was good for 22 points and Kyle Phanord 11.

Danzig, who entered the contest leading the league in scoring (22.3 ppg), was 10 of 11 from the field – 3-for-3 beyond the arc – and made all eight of his free throws. He also led all rebounders with nine and had four assists.

CUA, held below 50 percent shooting for the first time in four games (48.4), jumped to a 25-12 lead on the strength of 5 of 7 shooting from 3-point range. A Fonville jumper put the Cardinals on top, 42-34, with 2:01 left before halftime.

Danzig answered with two straight layups, was fouled on the second and converted the three-point play. Morgan scored a basket in the final minute as the Royals closed the half on a 7-1 run to trail by just two, 43-41, at the break.

The two Landmark heavyweights stayed close to each other in the second half and were knotted at 78 on a Fonville jumper with 2:03 to play. The point guard made 13 of 20 shots and 2 of 3 triples.

Scranton pulled ahead on a Morgan layup and another 3 by Danzig to take a five-point lead into the final minute. Fonville scored to bring the Cards within three, but the Royals tallied the game's next seven points, all from the free throw line. Boken was 2-for-2 and Morgan 4-for-4 to put the Royals ahead, 90-80, at the 29-second mark.

Klingman contributed six rebounds for Scranton, which emerged with a 37-27 board advantage. He and Morgan also had five assists as the Royals recorded scoring passes on 21 of their 31 field goals. Their 92 points was the most the Cardinals have allowed this season.

"We played well offensively, but you can't allow that many points in a playoff-like game," CUA Coach Steve Howes said. "We were tied with two minutes left, but I was disappointed with our poise and toughness down the stretch."

Limberiou paced the Cards with six rebounds, while Fonville, Kevin Phanord and Corey Stanford collected five each. Stanford, coming off a career-high 27-point performance in the Cardinals' win at Susquehanna University on Wednesday, was held to six points on 2-for-10 shooting.

CUA concludes its three-game road swing at Goucher College on Wednesday in Towson, Md. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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