By Chris McManes
WASHINGTON – Bryson Fonville has figured prominently in each of Catholic University's first four games. On Sunday night in the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, he and Austin Calling shared the spotlight.
Calling, a 6-foot-6 junior post player, posted the second double-double of his career with 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to complement Fonville's game-high 26 points in the Cardinals' 69-62 victory over Purchase (N.Y.) College at Owings Mills (Md.) Gymnasium.
It was CUA's third straight victory after its season-opening loss at Division I Davidson on Nov. 15.
Calling had 10 points and six boards in the Cards' win over Gwynedd Mercy in Friday's opening game of the Stevenson University-hosted tournament presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. He was 6-for-10 from the field Sunday. His rebounding total was a personal high.
"I'm really proud of Austin and how he's developing," CUA Men's Basketball Coach Steve Howes said. "He came through in a big way when we needed somebody to step up. A double-double against that team is impressive."
Fonville, the Cardinals' crafty point guard, scored 19 points in the first half as CUA raced to a 31-20 halftime lead. He was 7-for-16 shooting, including 3 of 7 on 3-pointers, and made 9 of 11 free throws. The 6-footer added 10 boards and four assists.
Rookie forward Jay Howard chipped in 13 points and nine rebounds, and Kevin Phanord tallied four points and seven caroms. The Cards dominated on the glass, outrebounding Purchase 52-30. They are now 4-0 in the Hoopsville Classic, having also won twice – against ranked teams – in the inaugural 10-team 2012 showcase.
"I'm thrilled to come out of Hoopsville 2-0 again, especially with all the talent that's there," Howes said. "We didn't play well for a full 40 minutes tonight, but our toughness helped propel us again. I'm proud of the progress we've made since [the start of practice] Oct. 15, and this group understands we need to keep improving."
Creig Graves paced the Panthers with 18 points but made just 4 of 14 shots – all from tripleville. He did much better from the line (6-for-7). Nicholas Jackson had 10 points and seven boards, and Taylor Foster contributed 10 points and five assists for Purchase, which has won the Skyline Conference four of the past five years and advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament.
CUA's next game will be its first at DuFour Center when it welcomes Washington and Lee on Tuesday at 5 p.m.