Banzhaf named all-tournament
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - The Catholic University men's basketball team trounced the University of Maine-Presque Isle Owls (0-4) 80-38 Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Roger Taylor Invitational. The Cardinals dominated the game and improved to 4-3 on the season. Freshman Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was named to the all-tournament squad after leading CUA in scoring on Sunday and ranking as the second leading scorer on Friday.
The Owls took the quick lead off of the tip and managed to stay ahead until midway through the half. At the 11:12 mark, the Cards took their first led of the game and wouldn't give it up for the remaining 29 minutes. A layup by D.J. Johnston (Ambler, Pa./Germantown Academy) tied it and Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) sank a pair of free throws to move ahead 13-11. Despite allowing the Owls to come within one late in the half, the Cards held on to make the score 28-18 at the break.
Banzhaf led CUA in the first half with eight points and Johnston added seven. The Cards posted a balanced attack with 13 different players seeing minutes and nine scoring. Catholic University shot 31 percent for the half while the Owls managed 28 percent. The Cards held a slight 20-19 advantage in rebounds.
Unlike Friday's game, CUA went into the second half with a lead and continued to build upon it until the game was out of the reach for the Owls. They started with an 12-0 run to open the stanza fueled by seven points and a rebound from Banzhaf. This bumped the lead up to 22 and the Cards never looked back. For the remainder of the game CUA continued to attack. The coaching staff used a number of different looks throughout the half trying out various combinations in the lineup. Fifteen players saw minutes as the Cards went on to win 80-38.
Banzhaf led the squad with 18 points in an incredibly balanced attack that had 13 players score. Brian Freiberger (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) was the leading rebounder with seven. CUA was on top in every statistical category. The Cardinals shot 49.2 percent for the game while the Owls hit 31.3 percent from the field. The Cards outrebounded the opponent 46-25 and had just 14 turnovers while Presque Isle posted 21.
This was CUA's final tune up before the start of Landmark Conference play on Wednesday. The Cards will host Goucher in a conference doubleheader. The men are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.