Cardinals Too Much for Bison
Stephen Wheeler scores 19 in the win
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball squad (18-5, 10-5 Capital Athletic Conference) avenged an earlier loss Wednesday evening with the 70-52 victory over the Gallaudet Bison (4-20, 1-14 CAC). Earlier this year the Bison came away from the DuFour Center with their first conference victory but the Cardinals didn't let history repeat itself with the convincing win.
Senior center Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) rattled off five quick points for CUA to start the game but similar to their match-up earlier this season the cross-town rival Bison would not back down. The Bison used some steady outside shooting to stay in the game including six points from Jon Mowl on two big three's. With five minutes remaining in the half the teams were tied at 21, however the Cards put together an 11-0 run that gave CUA some breathing room. The Bison didn't score until just second left in the half and CUA went into the locker room leading 32-24.
Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) and Wheeler each had seven points to lead the Cards. Mike Wasilenko (Washington Township, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) each had five. Freshman Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) contributed from six points during the run on a pair from beyond the arc. CUA outrebounded Gallaudet 21-19 and outshot them 40-32 percent. The Cards had just three turnovers in the half.
The Cards maintained the lead to start the second half as Gallaudet fired from the outside. With the Bison gaining momentum, Jeff Sparrow (Reading, Pa./Daniel Boone) hit a three at 11:00 to put CUA back up by nine. With five minutes left the game began to get physical. As the Cards went to the link Dwyer and Fumai were both able to connect and on the defensive end a strong effort in the post kept the Bison from scoring. Thanks to the effort the Cardinals managed the 70-52 win.
Wheeler led all scorers with 19 points while Fumai had 17. Dwyer scored 16 points but also had a team-high nine rebounds. CUA outrebounded the Bison 36-33 and outshot them 45 percent to 38. The Cards had a season-low six turnovers for the game.
Catholic University will conclude the regular season on Saturday with a game against Mary Washington at the DuFour Center. Tip off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., prior to the start there will be a short ceremony honoring the 2007 seniors.