Tartans Edge Cardinals
Written by: Katie Ann Trotta
WASHINGTON - It was a roller coaster ride for the Catholic University men's basketball squad (4-2) Saturday afternoon in a game against the Carnegie Mellon Tartans (4-5) filled with many ups and downs. Junior guards Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) and Evin Yarbrough (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) were both perfect from the line and added six combined rebounds and freshman Chris McGrew (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) had a career-high 15 but the Cardinals still fell short 70-57.
The Tartans' offense took an eight point lead early in the first half. That momentum was soon shut down by the Cardinal defense, led by freshman guard R.J. Dixon (Charlotte, N.C./Cannon School). McGrew started the Cardinal offense with a layup a few minutes into the first half but CMU kept it close. The Cards battled back and recaptured the lead with five minutes to go in the first. Going into halftime, CUA was up 27-24.
Freshman forward Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Norhtwest) led the Cardinal offense with 11 points in the first, while classmate McGrew added seven. Olivero was perfect from the line and led the team in rebounds. The Cards shot 36.4 percent from the field, 20 percent from three and 83.3 percent from the line.
The second half did not open up in CUA's favor as the Tartans came out firing. They took the lead midway into the half and never looked back. CUA Head Coach Steve Howes called for the zone defense implemented a zone defense but it still couldn't stop the CMU offense. The Cards began to battle back near the end but fell just short with the final score Carnegie Mellon 70, CUA 57.
McGrew was the high scorer with 15 and Parker had 11. Olivero led the team in rebounds with five and his classmate Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) added two rebounds and sunk a pair of threes along with three steals for the Cardinals. The aggressive Cardinal defense notched seven steals to the Tartans' four but was outrebounded 42-32.
CUA will suit up against Villa Julie next Sunday Towson University. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.