December 5, 2007

Poor Shooting Hurts CUA in Landmark Loss

 

Poor Shooting Hurts CUA in Landmark Loss
CUA falls in first ever Landmark Conference game

12/5/2007

WASHINGTON -The Catholic University of America men's basketball squad struggled to find the bottom of the net Wednesday evening at the DuFour Center resulting in a 62-57 loss to the Goucher Gophers (2-4, 1-0 Landmark Conference).  With the defeat, the Cards fall to 0-1 in Landmark Conference play and to 4-4 for the season.

The squads stayed close throughout the game with no team going ahead by more than five points in the first half.  With five lead changes it was obvious that the contest would come down to the wire.  At the break, CUA went into the locker room with a slight 27-25 advantage.  Freshman Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) led CUA in the first with eight points while Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) added six as the Cards once again utilized the inside game.  Quinn also had six rebounds in the half.  CUA shots 46 percent from the field, just 12 percent from three and missed the only free throw it was granted.

As Goucher attempted to keep it close in the second, the Cards managed to pull away midway through staging an 12-0 run after the fifth tie of the contest behind three's from Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) and Parker.  In his first intercollegiate contest Chris McGrew (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) also contributed four points.  That would be the end of the Cards' good fortune, however, as the Gophers came back to take the lead with seven minutes left.  Goucher, after losing its last for games in overtime, was in a familiar situation and took its final lead at 3:03 as the Cards went ice cold not scoring from 5:16 until ten seconds remaining.  This gave the Gophers the opportunity they needed as they went on to win 62-57.

Parker and Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) each had 13 points to lead all scorers and Quinn had a game high 11 rebounds.  The Cards outrebounded the Gophers 42-32 and had just one more turnover but the telling numbers were the final shooting percentages.  CUA finished shooting 38 percent from the field, 21 percent from three and 44 percent from the line.  In the final ten minutes the Cardinals shot just 20 percent overall.

CUA will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host the Carnegie Mellon Tartans at the DuFour Center.  Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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