Cardinals Trounce Sea Gulls in First Round
Fumai notches a double-double
WASHINGTON - Senior Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) peaked at just the right time for the Catholic University Cardinals (20-5) Tuesday evening at the DuFour Center. The senior had 26 points and 14 rebounds in the Cards' first game of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament against Salisbury (12-14). With the win the Cards now advance to CAC semi finals and also continue their streak of ten 20 plus win seasons.
Salisbury managed to hang with the Cardinals for the beginning of the first half thanks to the senior leadership of Ray Williams who had seven points in the half. At 7:26 CUA went up by one and held on for the remainder of the period. A 10-0 run with five minutes to go gave the Cards a comfortable lead going into the half 35-25.
The senior duo of Fumai and Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) paced the Cards with 11 points apiece. Dwyer had six rebounds and Fumai added four. Their classmate, Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel), was the third leading scorer with eight points and three rebounds. CUA outrebounded the Sea Gulls 23-21 in the first and outshot them 44.1 percent to 25.8 percent.
Salisbury came out fired up in the second half. Immediately the Sea Gulls took it at CUA converting a number of three point plays. The Cardinals continued to play the physical game looking at a 7-1 difference in fouls at one point in the second half. Just as it looked as if Salisbury was gaining ground Fumai hit two big three's and Mike Wasilenko (Washington Township, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) hit the foul shot on the end of a made basket to once again quiet the Sea Gull explosion. As tensions ran high the Cards were able to keep calm and run a steady offense as Salisbury was forced to foul. At the final buzzer CUA had the 79-59 victory.
Fumai put together a huge performance for the Cardinals with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Dwyer added 18 points and 11 rebounds while Wheeler chipped in 16 points and five boards. Wasilenko was the fourth in double digits with 12 points. CUA outrebounded Salisbury 46-39 and outshot them by 15 percent. The Cards also had 21 assists for the game which is their second highest of the season.
CUA will host the semifinal game on Thursday at the DuFour Center against the winner of York/Mary Washington. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.