By Chris McManes
WASHINGTON - A week after scoring a career-high 27 points on the road, freshman Corey Stanford did it again. This time he led Catholic University to an 86-76 victory over Goucher College on Wednesday night in Towson, Md.
The Landmark-leading Cardinals (12-6) improved to 6-1 in conference play with four of the victories coming on the road. They will enter the second half of the league schedule with five of their seven games at home.
Stanford had plenty of help in the game at the Decker Sports & Rec Center. Steve Limberiou scored 20 points, and Bryson Fonville and Kyle Phanord knocked in 15 apiece. Stanford collected a team-high eight rebounds, and Fonville punched out nine assists.
Stanford, 10 of 13 shooting last week at Susquehanna, was 10 of 14 and sank 7 of 8 free throws. Limberiou and Fonville were each 7 of 16 from the floor. Limberiou, who made six straight 3-pointers in a game earlier this month, was 5 of 12 from treyville.
"I was pleased with our offensive execution tonight, particularly with the way we shared the ball," CUA Coach Steve Howes said. "We still need to maintain our defensive focus and effort, but to go on the road coming off a loss and get up by as much as we did in the second half, it shows how well we prepared for the game."
Alex Noble led the Gophers with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Jesse Mondry produced 17 points, and Julian Livingston grabbed six boards to go along with 13 points.
Leading 30-27 with 6:40 remaining before halftime, Stanford sandwiched two free throws and a layup around a Phanord 3 to put the Cards up, 37-27. Phanord dropped in another 3-ball with a minute to play to give CUA a 45-34 advantage at the break.
A Noble 3 drew Goucher to within 60-54, but Limberiou answered in kind and then hit two more to give the Cardinals a 71-56 bulge with 9:25 to go. The lead remained in double digits the rest of the way.
Goucher fell to 7-11 and 2-5 in the Landmark.
CUA, after three straight games on the road, returns to the "Birdhouse," DuFour Center, on Saturday for a 4 p.m. game against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
"We're happy to finally get to play at home again in front of our fans, students and alumni," Howes said. "I'm pleased to be 6-1 in the conference considering five of our games have been on the road.
"Hopefully we'll get a good crowd Saturday and continue to play well."