Cards Defeat Bluejays, Win CUA Classic
Dwyer named tourney MVP
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball team (10-2) won its fourth straight Sunday afternoon at the DuFour Center. The Cardinals' 61-42 victory over the Elizabethtown Bluejays (6-6) gave CUA its 12th Classic championship and second is the last two years. Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) was named the tournament MVP after leading the Cards in the championship game and Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) was also named to the All-Tournament squad after two outstanding performances.
Elizabethtown came out strong but CUA was quickly able to control the flow of the game as the Cards took the lead for good at 13:48 thanks to a Dwyer layup. CUA continued to build the lead through out the first half using strong post play. At the break CUA held a comfortable 32-22 lead.
Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) led the Cards in the first half with nine points including a 4-4 performance from the field . Dwyer added eight points and showed his prowess down low pulling in nine rebounds. CUA outrebounded the Bluejays 19-14 and also outshot them hitting 41.7 percent while Elizabethtown managed 39 percent.
The second half was much like the first as the Cardinals forced turnovers and took advantage of their big men. The Cards went up by as much as 24 with seven minutes remaining allowing many of the starters to take a breather after back-to-back games. At the final horn the score was 61-42 in favor of the Cardinals giving them the CUA Classic title.
Wheeler and Swyer played the high-low perfectly in the second half with both prospering on the stat sheet. Dwyer had nine points finishing with 17 and Wheeler had five for a game-total of nine. The two combined for 19 rebounds in the game. Wheeler also finished strongly on the defensive end with four steals and on block. Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) was the second leading scorer for the Cards with 14, Luke Ledyard led the Bluejays with nine.
Wheeler received all-tournament honors for his career-high on Saturday and continued play on Sunday. Dwyer was named the tournament MVP for the second year in a row after two good games for the Cards. The all-tournament team also included Rutgers-Newark's Chadd Barnes, Methodist's A.B. Lehmann and Elizabethtown's Kris Kieres as well as Luke Ledyard.
CUA now gears up for their remaining conference games. Next Saturday the Cards will host the York Spartans at 4:00 p.m., at the DuFour Center.
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