Dwyer Scores 1,000th in Cardinal
Senior forward joins elite group with 1,007 career points
TOWSON, Md. - After losing a tough 68-62 game to Goucher (6-12, 3-7 Capital Athletic Conference) back in December, the Catholic University men's basketball team (14-4, 6-4 CAC) was looking to prove something Saturday night in Maryland. Senior Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) had a little extra ammunition as the forward was just eight points away from reaching 1,000 in his career. After forty minutes of play both Dwyer and the Cardinals made the statement they intended to with an 80-49 win.
The Cardinals started off strong going up 22-12 midway through the first period. As Goucher double-teamed the post CUA had ample opportunities to kick it out for three or find the weak side post wide open. Dwyer played the team game early on notching two assists and four rebounds while inching his way closer to 1,000. At 3:14 Dwyer got the ball on the right elbow and backed his man down the lane before sinking a jumper giving him 1,001 career points. The basket also put the Cards up 36-27. In the final three minutes the Cardinal defense held Goucher to just two points making it 41-29 at half.
CUA shot an exceptional 60 percent with Dwyer leading the way notching nine points and seven rebounds. Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) followed that up with eight points and six boards. The big men were the key for the Cards outrebounding the Gophers 21-13.
The eleven point halftime lead was no comfort to the Cards who remembered an 18-point advantage dwindle to a deficit in the last contest with Goucher. CUA came out fired up outscoring the Gophers 20-5 in the first seven minutes. The Gophers forced their way through the Cards' 2-3 zone and disrupted the offense trying to put a run together however nothing could contain the hot-handed Cards who got the 80-49 victory.
Freshman Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) was the unlikely leading scorer for the Cardinals with a career-high 16 points. Dwyer had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as well as Wheeler who scored 14 and pulled down 10 boards. The Cards shot 55 percent for the game and outrebounded the Gophers by 20.
The Cards will return home on Wednesday after completing their three-game road trip. CUA will take on CAC-rival Marymount at 8:00 p.m. The game will feature the announcement of the new university tagline as well as a ceremony for Dwyer's accomplishment.