Cardinals Rout Rangers 55-48
Freshman trio keeps Cards on top
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball squad (7-6, 1-1 Landmark Conference) defeated the Drew University Rangers (4-8, 1-1 Landmark) Friday evening at the DuFour Center in its first conference game of 2008. Three freshman starters stepped up and scored for the Cards to get the win. Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led with 12 points while Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) and Chris McGrew (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) each contributed 11.
Drew took the lead in the opening minutes but with Banzhaf and Parker leading the way the Cards quickly recovered and controlled the tempo. A three-pointer from Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) with seven minutes remaining put the Cardinals up by as much as ten but the Ranger managed a small run to close out the half cutting it to two as the CUA offense went cold. At the break the score was 30-28 in favor of the Cards.
McGrew led the Cardinals in the first with eight points but only one board from his 6'8" frame. Banzhaf notched seven points and six rebounds in the first. The Cards struggled on the glass 17-10 and shot 41.9 percent to the Rangers' 52.4 percent. However, the Cardinal offense protected the ball with just three turnovers while the defense forced nine from Drew.
The lead went back and forth to start the second but a free throw from Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) at 11:40 tied it up for the fourth time in the game which would be the last. Quinn hit a layup to put the Cards ahead and then both teams went ice cold from the field suffering a five-minute scoring drought. Finally at 5:29 Banzhaf made one in the paint and the Cards were rolling. In the final minutes CUA managed to maintain a safe distance from the Rangers to sail to the 55-48 victory.
Banzhaf added nine rebounds to his 12 points to lead the Cards while McGrew and Parker had 11. Quinn played a solid all-around game scoring seven points and pulling in as many boards. The Cards were outrebounded 35-25 but outshot Drew 39.6 percent to 37.8 percent. CUA also had just seven turnovers while the Rangers committed 16. David Cramer led Drew with 11 points in the game.
The Cards will take the rest of the night off before suiting up against the Mariners from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at the DuFour Center at 4:00 p.m. This is the second game of the Landmark Conference doubleheader weekend. Earlier this evening the Mariners defeated Goucher 66-62.