WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America men's basketball team survived a tough first half and used a superb defensive effort in the second to earn a Landmark Conference victory over Drew, 81-64. Senior guard Bryson Fonville led the charge, nearly reaching a triple double with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
The 3-pointers were not falling in the first half for CUA and leading scorer Jay Howard was limited to just six first half minutes after picking up his second foul as Drew took a 44-38 lead into the break.
It was all Catholic from there however as the Cardinals held the Rangers to just 20 second half points. Drew went 9-of-18 from 3-point range in the first half, but CUA clamped down along the arc, not allowing a triple on nine long range attempts. The Rangers only scored four baskets in the final 20 minutes, shooting just 15.4 percent from the field.
Fonville was locked in all game long, but did much of his damage after the half, putting up a 15-6-6 line in 19 second-stanza minutes. He only missed one shot, a 3-pointer, in the second.
Junior forward Corey Stanford was strong again for head coach Steve Howes, posting his fourth double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also added four 3-pointers, two assists and steal.
Senior big man Austin Calling was strong off the bench with six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes, and also added a ferocious dunk in the second half that swayed the momentum in CUA's way for good.
After playing three games in five days, the Cardinals now have a week to prepare for a pivotal Landmark showdown at Scranton.