Cards Edge Haverford, 66-62
Stolzenthaler ties career high with 13 points
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball squad (2-1) showed maturity beyond its years Tuesday evening in a 66-62 victory over the Haverford College Fords (1-2). The underclassmen-filled team pulled together to overcome a second half deficit to pull ahead in the closing minutes.
A 7-0 Ford run put the Cardinals in a hole to start the game which they couldn't quite get out of. Midway through the first, CUA was down by ten before junior captains Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) sparked a comeback with a pair of three's to pull CUA within two. A Stolzenthaler layup tied it up moments later bringing CUA back into a game that could have gotten out of reach. With less than two minutes left freshman Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) hit a jumper to go ahead 33-32 but that would be CUA's only lead until late in the second half as they went into the locker room down 38-33.
Haverford shot 55.2 percent in the first half while CUA managed a 46.4 percentage from the field. Parker led the Cardinals with six points while Stolzenthaler added five. In the paint, sophomore Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) notched four first half points.
With nine minutes to go in the second, it looked as if Haverford would pull away as the lead swelled to eight. However, the Cardinals kept their heads and staged a comeback to keep deficit under five. At 2:58 R.J. Dixon (Charlotte, N.C./Cannon School) went to the line after being fouled on a defensive rebound to shoot the bonus. He sank both to tie it at 60 each, marking the fifth tie of the contest. After a combined three turnovers, CUA took the lead on an acrobatic under the basket layup from Olivero. Down by two Haverford was forced to foul as Ryan Jones (Coudersport, Pa./Coudersport) and Olivero each hit a pair of charity shots to hang on for the 66-62 win.
Stolzenthaler led all scorers with 13 points, he was 2-3 from beyond the arc. Parker, Olivero and D.J. Johnston (Ambler, Pa./Germantown Academy) each contributed eight points. Jones and Brian Baker (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) notched a team-high with five rebounds apiece as the Cardinal stats showed a well-balanced victory. CUA shot 45.1 percent for the game but had 19 turnovers while Haverford shot 41.7 percent with 14 turnovers. Ray Panek led the Fords with 13 points.
CUA will take a short break over the Thanksgiving holiday before traveling to Cleveland, Ohio this weekend for the Bill Sudeck Tournament hosted by Case Western.