January 19, 2008

Scranton Offense Too Much for CUA

Scranton Offense Too Much for CUA
Banzhaf leads with 15

1/19/2008

SCRANTON, Pa. - The Catholic University men's basketball team couldn't stop a hot offense Saturday afternoon in a Landmark Conference showdown. CUA fell 73-55 to the University of Scranton Royals (10-6, 2-3 Landmark). Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) scored a team-high 15 points but it wasn't enough for the Cards who fall to 7-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

Scranton dominated the first half shooting 65 percent and maintaining the lead throughout. The Cardinals found themselves down by as much as 15 at one point but managed to come back and only trail by 11 at the break.

Banzhaf scored 10 of CUA's 28 points in the first and Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) added five. Shooting 28 percent, the Cards struggled to score but managed 45 percent from beyond the arc as five of their nine shots were trey's. On the boards Scranton held a 20-15 advantage but turnovers were a different story as the Cardinals had just four to their seven.

Things didn't get better for the Cards in the second half as Scranton continued to shoot well and CUA couldn't keep up. A 12-0 run midway through was the knife in the coffin as the Cardinals couldn't recover from the devastating rally. The Scranton lead ballooned to as much as 26 and despite coming back late it wasn't enough and the Cards fell 73-55.

Banzhaf led with 15 points and Quinn contributed 12, three players had a trio of rebounds for CUA. The Cards shot 28 percent from the field while the Royals hit 55 percent of their shots. Despite just eight turnovers in the game for CUA and 13 from Scranton struggling with a 42-30 disavantage hurt the Cards.

CUA will have the week off before hosting another Landmark Conference doubleheader next weekend.

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