By Chris McManes
WASHINGTON - Catholic University rallied from nine points down with 2:43 left in the second half and went on to win, 82-73, in double overtime against Juniata College on Wednesday night at DuFour Center.
Tied at 68 after Juniata's Kyle Koehler hit a 3-pointer late in the first overtime, the Cardinals scored the first six points of the double session. The Eagles cut it to three, 74-71, but Kyle Phanord made six straight free throws and Corey Stanford two to seal the comeback.
The victory keeps CUA (13-7) tied atop the Landmark Conference standings at 7-2. Juniata falls to 12-8 and 3-6.
Bryson Fonville led the Cards with 18 points and nine assists. Stanford, who scored four of the first six points in the second overtime, finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Phanord tallied 15 points and his twin brother Kevin 11.
Brian Scholly scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards for the Eagles, who lost here to CUA in last year's Landmark Conference championship game. Kevin Stapleton had 17 points, Jeremy Hays 15 and Justin Fleming 13 off the bench.
The Cardinals were trailing 59-50 late in the second half but used stout defense and clutch shooting to rally. Fonville scored seven straight points on a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup, and Juniata missed its final four shots. Kevin Phanord tied it at 59 on two from the line with six seconds left in regulation.
Stanford dropped in two foul shots to give CUA a 68-65 advantage at the 22-second mark of the first overtime. Koehler extended the game another five minutes when he sank a trey, his only field goal of the night.
Cardinal Coach Steve Howes was proud of his team's tenacity late in regulation and in overtime.
"We showed tremendous desire and toughness down the stretch," Howes said. "To be down nine with 2:43 to go and hold them scoreless was a testament to our defensive energy. I'm so proud of them."
The Cards didn't shoot particularly well from the field (24 of 61), but made up for it from the charity stripe (26 of 30). Kyle Phanord made all six of his freebies, and Kevin was 5-for-5. Stanford finished 6 of 8 and Fonville 5 of 6. Kyle also hit 3 of 7 3-pointers.
Jared Prince, starting for just the sixth time this season, produced eight points and six rebounds.
CUA plays at Drew University on Saturday at 2 p.m.