Mariners Sink Cards in Overtime Thriller

 

Mariners Sink Cards in Overtime Thriller
McGrew scores 22 for the game

1/12/2008

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's basketball team (7-7, 1-2 Landmark Conference) lost a wild one Saturday afternoon at the DuFour Center to the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (5-7, 2-1 Landmark).  A layup from freshman Chris McGrew (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) sent it into overtime.  The extra period proved to be a shootout as the teams went 4-5 from beyond the arc but in the end turnovers were the killer in CUA's 70-65 loss.

Neither team could get into a rhythm in the first as the lead went back and forth.  The Cards, playing with a youthful lineup, never got ahead by more than four allowing the Mariners to stay in the contest.  With two minutes to go and the score tied for the third time USMMA hit a free throw to go up but Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) answered with a layup.  Unfortunately with just seconds left Tom Izzo connected from long range for the Mariners to take a 30-28 halftime lead.

McGrew had seven points and six rebounds in the first to lead the Cards in both categories.  Junior captain Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) chipped in five points and three rebounds.  The Cardinals dominated the lane 20-13 but had one more turnover than USMMA.  CUA also shot 41.4 percent from the field while the Mariners shot 37.5 percent and Izzo led with 10 points.

The Cardinals took the lead early in the second and held on until the 11-minute mark.  At that juncture things began to unravel for CUA as they allowed an 11-0 run to take the lead and go ahead by as much as nine.  With five minutes left the Cards rallied to score 10 unanswered points and tie it at the 49 second mark.  A foul put Rich Roach at the line for USMMA and he sank both but with just one possession left CUA came down and set up a play for McGrew who laid in the bucket and was fouled but missed the three-point play to send it into overtime tied at 56.

Overtime showcased near perfect shooting from both teams as they each shot over 66 percent from the floor.  CUA went ahead first as McGrew hit a pair from the foul line but a layup evened the score.  The Cards were up by four at 2:15 but all of a sudden the shooter caught fire.  Pat Grace hit from long range on the first possession but Stolzenthaler answered immediately with his own trey.  Grace came down and sunk a second to put the Mariners up by one and seal the victory as the Cards turned the ball over and were forced to foul.  After four made free throws from USMMA the final score was 70-65.

McGrew posted a career-high 22 points and also added eight rebounds for the all-around game.  Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson)  had ten points for CUA while freshman Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) notched eight rebounds.  Roach and Grace both scored 12 in the game for USMMA.  CUA held a 36-34 rebounding advantage but committed 22 turnovers while the Mariners were credited with 21.  Both squads shot 43 percent for the game.

The Cardinals will have the week off before traveling to Moravian College next Friday for another Landmark Conference weekend.

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