Cards' Last Second Shot Sinks Crusaders
Papageorge hits a runner in the lane to top Susquehanna
WASHINGTON - Steven Papageorge's (Annandale, Va./Falls Church) acrobatic shot with no time remaining bounced around the rim before going in to give the Catholic University men's basketball team (8-2) the 78-76 win over the Susquehanna Crusaders (7-4) Wednesday evening at the DuFour Center. CUA came back from a 19-point deficit to get the victory over its future Landmark Conference opponent.
The first half belonged to the Crusaders as Susquehanna hit almost everything it put up. CUA went behind early and looked to be done as Susquehanna went up by 19 shooting 65 percent from the field and going on a 15-0 run. The Cards were able to cut the deficit to 11 at intermission thanks to seven points from senior Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) to conclude the half.
Going into the break the score was 45-35 with Susquehanna in control. Fumai led the Cards with 10 points and senior Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) added nine. CUA shot 38 percent but did overpower the Crusaders in the paint pulling down 20 rebounds to Susquehanna's 11.
A Dwyer layup to start the second half was a strong indication of what lay ahead as the Cardinals went on a 13-0 run. The Crusaders were able hold onto the lead until 11 minutes in when Fumai hit a jumper to go up 54-53.
The final ten minutes were an all out war as neither team gained more than a six-point advantage. Entering the final minute it was tied 76-76. For the remaining 60 seconds neither team called a time out instead relying on smart on-court play and good shots.
Papageorge missed an open three with 17 seconds to go giving Susquehanna would get the last shot. Josh Robinson raced coast to coast and put up a layup on the right side which bounced off of the rim into the hands of Stephen Wheeler. (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) The senior center got the ball to Fumai at midcourt who hit Papageorge streaking into the lane. Papageorge caught the ball and immediately threw up a running underhand scoop as time expired. The ball bounced around the rim before dropping giving CUA the 78-76 victory.
Fumai led the Cards with 25 points, Dwyer added 15 and Papageorge finished with 13. The Cardinals shot better in the second half hitting 55 percent for a shooting percentage of 46 percent for the game. The Cards outrebounded Susquehanna 37-21. Josh Robinson led all scorers with 29 for the Crusaders.
CUA will have a busy weekend hosting the CUA Classic at the DuFour Center. The four-team tourney is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Elizabethtown and Rutgers-Newark will face off at 2 p.m., on Saturday with the CUA/Methodist game to follow.