By Chris McManes
WASHINGTON – Aaron Burton helped to make sure the Thanksgiving holiday weekend didn't end the way the Catholic University men's basketball team had hoped.
Burton came off the bench to score 20 points and grab nine rebounds – both season highs – to lead DeSales University to an 80-75 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
The setback brings an end to CUA's four-game winning streak and is its first against a Division III opponent.
Corey Stanford paced all scorers with a season-high 22 points and collected eight rebounds and three assists for the Cards (4-2). Bryson Fonville succeeded on half of his 12 shots, including 6 of 12 from long distance, to finish with 19 points and seven assists.
Cody Deal scored 18 points, and Travis Bryan tallied seven points and nine boards for the 5-1 Bulldogs. DeSales, a Catholic university in Center Valley, Pa., won the fracas on the glass by an eight-rebound (39-31) margin and connected on 26 of 51 field goals (51 percent).
The Bulldogs took a 55-45 lead when Bryan sank a layup midway the second half before the Cards exploded for 10 straight points to tie the game at 55 on a Jay Howard (nine points, five rebounds) layup. Two Bryan free throws with 2:12 to play restored the DeSales lead to double digits, 71-61.
A Stanford trey brought CUA to within 73-67 at the 1:46 mark, and his tip-in with 20 seconds to play made it 78-73, DeSales. A pair of free throws sealed the Bulldog victory.
The game was the second between the nonleague foes this calendar year. On Jan. 8, the Cards held DeSales to 29.1 percent shooting in a 76-63 win. Stanford posted the first double-double of his career that night with 15 points and 11 boards.
The Cardinals open Landmark Conference play by hosting Susquehanna at DuFour Center on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.