Gallaudet Stuns Cardinals
Loss ends six-game win streak
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball squad (12-3, 4-3 CAC) had a rough day against the Gallaudet Bison (3-12, 1-6 CAC). With their two leading scorers struggling from the field CUA was unable to find an answer for a scrappy Bison squad looking for its first win in the Capital Athletic Conference. Despite a close game and numerous chances, CUA couldn't come up with the victory falling 55-51 and ending its six-game win streak.
The Bison triple teamed the blocks anytime the ball went in the middle forcing CUA to take a lot of outside shots in the first half and creating turnovers. Unfortunately, CUA was unable to play into their strategy shooting 37 percent from the field and 23 percent from beyond the arc as well as committing 12 turnovers. The Cardinals played the Bison even on the other end and went into the locker room down 25-24.
Of the starting five, only one Cardinal, Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel), hit more than one shot in the first half. Wheeler had five points along with Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) who led the Cards. CUA outrebounded Gallaudet 19-18 but committed 12 turnover to GU's nine.
The second have was much of the same for the Cards with no player able to hit from the field. Four lead changes and five ties were the story of the half as the lead seesawed back and forth. At 5:36 the Bison had their biggest lead of the half looking at a five-point advantage. CUA tried to come back but a layup by Jon Mowl once again put CUA out of reach. In the final minute of play the Cards made it to the line on a number of occassion with the opportunity to make it a one-possession game but missed free throws resulted in the 55-51 final.
Wheeler led the Cards with 11 points while Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) and Olivero added nine. Four of the Bison scored in double digits with Onyemachi David leading the way scoring 13. CUA was outplayed in almost every category shooting 35 percent to Gallaudet's 39, pulling down 32 rebounds to 38 and tying with 16 turnovers a piece. A dismal 56 percent shooting from the line was the nail in the coffin for the Cardinals.
CUA will look to get back on the wining track on Tuesday for the first of a three-game road trip. The Cardinals will take on Mary Washington at 8:00 p.m.