CUA Defeats Villa Julie
Cardinals go into holiday break at 7-2
WASHINGTON - Catholic University men's basketball (7-2) used a total team effort in its 77-67 win over the Villa Julie Mustangs (4-4) Monday evening at the DuFour Center. Four players scored in double digits and the Cards forced 15 Villa Julie turnovers to improve to 7-2 going into a two-week break for the holidays.
Both teams kept the game neck and neck throughout the first half. Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) used the momentum from his first start of the season to put the Cards up by as much as nine early in the half. The Mustangs were able to tie it up four times and even pulled ahead at one point but CUA held a slim 37-36 advantage at the break.
Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) paced the Cards with 16 points and Olivero added six. After the Mustangs hit five of five from beyond the arc early in the game the team cooled off shooting 50 percent from three for the half.
In the second half senior Pat Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) set the tone with a thunderous dunk down the middle of the lane to start the period. The Cards slowly pulled away going up by as much as 11 with six minutes remaining. Villa Julie tried to get back in the game by fouling as the second ticked away but it wasn't enough and CUA came away with the 77-67 victory.
Fumai led CUA with 23 points and Olivero ended with a career-high 16. Dwyer continued his double-double season with 17 points and 13 rebounds down low. Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) was the fourth Cardinal in double digits notching ten points. Jason Lambert led Villa Julie with 18.
CUA will be off for a two-week holiday break before a very busy January. The Cards will host Susquehanna on January 9th before playing in their own CUA Classic on January 6th and 7th.