Cards Rise Above Sea Gulls in 62-58
CUA gets sixth win in a row
SALISBURY, Md. - Wednesday evening's Catholic University men's basketball game was a battle between two of the top scorers in the Capital Athletic Conference. In the 62-58 Cardinal victory senior Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel), the fourth ranked scorer in the league, went up against Salisbury's (9-6, 4-2 CAC) Ray Williams who currently sits in the number one position. Although Williams slightly edged Fumai in scoring, the Cardinals came out on top improving to 12-2 overall and 4-2 in the CAC.
CUA jumped out to an early lead going on a 10-0 run. The Cards sustained the lead for most of the first half until a late burst by the Sea Gulls brought the home team within one going into the locker room at 27-26. CUA shot 37 percent while Salisbury hit 31 percent of its shots.
Fumai led the Cardinals with nine points in the first while classmate Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) added seven. Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) continued to play well down low collecting seven rebounds. Williams kept Salisbury in the game after the shooting woes early in the game. He scored 17 points playing all 20 minutes of the first half with four rebounds. No Sea Gull player managed more than five points other than Williams.
The Sea Gulls livened up in the second half to make a game of it as CUA battled to maintain the lead. Neither squad was able to take over with ten lead changes in the second twenty. At 2:57 Williams hit a free thrown to mark the seventh tie of the game but it would be Salisbury's last as the Cardinals managed to gain the advantage.
Salisbury committed a foul seconds later sending Dwyer to the line where he connected on both shots. After two missed shots the Sea Gulls were forced to foul again and the duo of Dwyer and Fumai sealed the deal. CUA snuck away with the 62-58 win.
Williams led all scorers with 25 points after playing all forty minutes, but Fumai topped him with 22 points in just 35 minutes as well as the victory. Dwyer added 17 points for CUA while Wheeler contributed 11 rebounds.
CUA will host Gallaudet on Saturday at the DuFour Center. Tip off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.