Blazers Shoot Down Cards 79-73
Fumai scores 25 points in the first half
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men's basketball team (6-2, 2-2 CAC) fell to the sharpshooting Hood Blazers (7-2, 3-1 CAC) for its second Capital Athletic Conference loss of the season. The Blazers shot 49 percent for the game including a 51.7 percent effort in the second half to get the 79-73 victory. Scott Fumai Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) had a big first half for the Cards with 25 points but was limited to just two in the second.
Fumai's hot hand in the first half kept CUA in the game and even gave the team a 42-40 lead at the break. Neither team could get a firm grasp on the lead in the first twenty with ten changes and one tie. The Cards never went up by more than four but the Blazers were able to go ahead by six at one point. A Fumai three at 1:47 gave Cardinals the lead at the half.
CUA shot 58.6 percent in the first half overall going 5-9 from beyond the arc. After 20 minutes both teams had 15 rebounds as well as seven Cardinal turnovers. Fumai was 10-12 from the field, 3-3 long range and 2-3 from the line for his 25 points. The senior also led the team with five rebounds.
The second half was incredibly different as the men went ice cold and the Blazers heated up. With CUA up by one at 16:50, Hood went on a 13-1 run fueled by Jesse Gutekunst who led the Blazers with 22 for the game. Down 11, the Cards couldn't get a run of their own started and came only within five before the final two minutes.
Three's and free throws gave CUA an opportunity in the end closing in on the Blazers but the squad couldn't pull it off falling 79-73. Fumai led the Cards with 27 points after a quiet second half and Patrick Dwyer added (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) 19 as well as a team-high ten rebounds. CUA was outrebounded 38-34 but committed just 10 turnovers to the Blazers' 16.
The Cards host Villa Julie on December 18 before breaking for the holidays.