York Edges CUA 67-63
Wheeler and Dwyer have double-doubles
YORK, Pa. - The Catholic University men's basketball squad (16-5, 8-5 Capital Athletic Conference) was able to hold the York Spartans (15-8, 9-5 CAC) scoreless for over nine minutes in the second half. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to get the victory as CUA fell 67-63 Thursday night at the Grumbacher Center. The loss mixes up the conference standings as the Cards fall back to third place but each team at the top is separated by a game or less.
The Spartans started off hot going up by as much as nine in the first few minutes but CUA chipped away and managed to tie it up,16-16, at 9:39 when Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) laid in a basket on the right side from Patrick Dwyer (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy). From that point on York tried to pull away thanks to Cardinal fouls on the shot but CUA kept hitting the baskets it needed to keep the contest close. A tip-in at the buzzer made it 35-32 going into the break.
Wheeler led the Cards in the first half with ten points and Scott Fumai (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) added eight. Dwyer only had six in the first but pulled in eleven rebounds. CUA edged York in shooting percentage 41-40 but the Spartans held the advantage on the boards 24-21.
The beginning of the second half was CUA's turn to come out shooting. The Cards moved ahead with six straight points before York could manufacture a response. The Spartans slowly gained the advantage as the Cardinals saw missed shots converted to made ones on the other end forcing CUA to play from behind until 7:27 when a Fumai free throw to finally put CUA ahead.
As York struggled to find the bottom of the net, CUA managed to get the small lead with the time ticked away. The Spartans hit a number of free throws but didn't score from the field for nine minutes. At 2:45 York hit a three to make the Cardinal lead two. A missed shot and roller brought the game to even for the fourth tie of the game. Just like that the Spartans went up by five with less than a minute to go on a three point play and layup.
But the Cardinals weren't done yet as Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) hit a three to get within one. After a foul and two made Spartan free throws, Olivero came down and hit another trey to again make the deficit two with thirty seconds to play. CUA brought the full court pressure but York made it through for the layup and the Cardinals' last attempt from beyond the arc just missed. As the buzzer sounded the Cards ran out of time giving them the 67-63 loss.
Wheeler led the Cards with 19 as well as 11 rebounds for the double-double. Dwyer also had the dual night with 14 points and as many rebounds. Olivero also finished with 14 for the evening. The Cards outshot the Spartans 41-38 percent but were outrebounded 45-39. CUA had just nine turnovers to York's 11 but in the end was defeated.
The Cards will play a doubleheader with the women on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., against Salisbury. Prior to tipoff, the team will honor Fumai for achieving his 1,000th career point.