Cards Trample Mustangs, 75-60
CUA improves to 5-5 on the season
TOWSON, Md.- The Catholic University men's basketball team (5-5) defeated the Villa Julie Mustangs (2-7) Sunday night in its final game of 2007. CUA faced the Mustangs at Towson University in a neutral meeting of the two teams. The Cards led from the opening minutes and carried the comfortable lead to the end getting the 75-60 victory.
The Cards tok the lead in the first half and never looked back as their strong defense didn't allow the Mustangs to get into double digits until less than four minutes left in the half. Strong shooting and impressive defense allowed the Mustang to shoot just 17 percent in the half. Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) had an outstanding half for the Cards leading the squad in both points and rebounds. Parker had 14 points, including a 4-5 performance from beyond the arc, and four rebounds. His classmate Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) added eight points for CUA. The Cardinals shot 48 percent, commited just three turnovers and held a 23-19 advantage in rebounds. The Mustangs were allowed no offensive rebounds as the CUA big men pounded the boards. The Cards went into half leading 36-14.
The second half was much like the first and though the Cardinals continued to dominate, the Mustangs began to shoot better attempting to close the gap. In the fast-paced contest a layup, foul and turnover cut the Cardinal lead to just 11 as theMustangs started to hit. Just as Villa Julie gained momentum trapping the backcourt, the Cards countered by drawing fouls and scoring at the line. Holding on to a 16-point lead with two minutes remaining the Mustangs were forced to foul and CUA sailed to the 75-60 win.
Parker finished with 22 to lead all scorers he also had a team-high nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal for the all-around performance. Banzhaf finished with 12 and Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) had nine points in the contest. The Cards finished strong shooting 51.9 percent for the game to Villa Julie's 31.8 as well as outrebounding the Mustangs 43-35. The only category where the Mustangs outperformed the Cardinals was in turnovers as CUA commited 17 and Villa Julie had 14.
The Cardinals will break for the holidays but return to action to host the CUA Classic at the DuFour Center on January 5-6. The Cards will play Salve Regina in the 4 p.m. game on Saturday.