December 6, 2006

Cardinals Get Wild Win Over Marymount

 

Cardinals Get Wild Win Over Marymount
Scott Fumai scores 21 in the foul-ridden victory   

12/6/2006

ARLINGTON, Va. - Crazy can be the only word to describe Catholic University's men's basketball (6-1, 2-1 CAC) game Wednesday evening against the Marymount Saints (3-3, 1-2 CAC).  After losing at the half, CUA came back to get the 68-55 victory despite an incredibly rough game that saw one ejection, three technicals, one intentional and 45 personal fouls.

After trailing earlier, an offensive rebound and a layup by Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) finally brought it back to even, 14-14, with 8:30 left in the first half.  However, just moments later the Cards played to Maymount's advantage turning it over on three straight possessions and allowing a three-pointer.  Throughout the first half the Cardinals showed bright spots including Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy)  taking a charge, a steal by Mike Wasilenko (Washington Township, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and rebounding on the offensive glass, but it wasn't enough to get the lead as the Saints kept answering with points.

CUA went into the locker room only down 23-20 despite a less than perfect half of basketball.  Fumai led the team with seven while Kurt Reinhold (Pennsauken, N.J./Camden Catholic) and Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) each scored four.  Two telling stats were the eight CUA turnovers and 33 percent shooting.  CUA had seven offensive rebounds but only six defensive totaling 13 to Marymount's 18.

Fumai opened up the scoring in the second half making it look as though the Cardinals were on a roll.  With the lead see-sawing back and forth, Wheeler kept the Cards in the game during the opening seven minutes.  The senior center hit four layups to keep the score close.

At 9:45 Reinhold was hit on a three and sank the trio of shots to again give CUA the lead in the fluctuating second half, 37-36.  A three-point play on the other end gave it right back to the Saints but a foul on the rebound and two free throws tied it up again.  Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) broke the deadlock oncemore making a wide open three on the break to give CUA the lead.

At 4:37 Wasilenko knocked down a big three from the corner to go up 48-42 and after the play the Marymount bench was award its second technical of the game kicking head coach Scott McClary out of the game and giving CUA two more points on the free throws.  A technical on Bryant Majors put Fumai on the line once more and Wasilenko there on the originally called foul.  After the flurry of violations CUA was ahead 54-42 in just 20 seconds. 

But once again the Saints battled back banking in a three and hitting a layup.  With the time ticking down under two minutes an intentional foul on Marymount was close to sealing the victory but even with a steady eight to nine-point lead the Saints kept looking like they were set for a run keeping CUA alert. 

After all of the fouls were counted and the time ran out CUA had the 68-55 victory.  Fumai led the team with 21 points and Wheeler as second with ten.  Pat Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham) was the leading rebounder bringing down 10 boards.  The Cards shot 41 percent on the evening and had 37 rebounds to Marymount's 31.

CUA will play host to new CAC member Hood College on Saturday.  Tip off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.    

 

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