CUA Submarines USMMA 70-41
Banzhaf scored 22, goes 10-10 from the line
KINGS POINT, N.Y. - The Catholic University men's basketball squad got its revenge on the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (9-10, 4-4 Landmark Conference) Friday evening. After CUA fell in overtime in the teams' first conference meeting the Cards came back with a 70-41 victory to improve to 8-11 on the season and 2-6 in conference play. Freshman Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) was the story of the night for the Cardinals scoring 22 points going 10-10 from the line and bringing in a team-high 12 boards.
A 13-2 run to open the game including a trio of three's started CUA out on the right foot. As the half continued the Cards continued to slowly pull away maintaining the lead and taking advantage of Mariner miscues to move further ahead. Up by five with 5:26 remaining, three straight baskets including two from junior Evin Yarbrough (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) gave the Cards a double-digit lead which they built upon to end the half 36-18. A three from Banzhaf with two seconds left gave the Cardinals momentum going into the break.
Banzhaf led CUA with 14 points and six rebounds, he was 4-4 from the line and 2-4 from beyond the arc. Yarbrough added nine points and R.J. Dixon (Charlotte, N.C./Cannon School) and Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) each contributed five. The Cards dominated in almost every way, they outrebounded USMMA 21-11 and outshot them 43-30 percent from the field. Each squad committed nine turnovers in the half.
Picking up right where they left off, the Cardinals started the second half on a 9-0 run to bump the lead up to 27 points. From this juncture on the Mariners tried to battle and get back into the game but the deficit was too much as the Cards easily held them off. Midway through the half USMMA cut it to 14 points but that would be as close as they would get as CUA sailed to a 70-41 victory.
Banzhaf finished the game with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, his 10-10 performance from the line was also a season best. Yarbrough finished with 12 while Parker and Dixon both had nine points in the game. The Cards were dominant on the board with 43 rebounds, 20 more than the Mariners. CUA also shot 43 percent for the game while USMMA managed to hit 30 percent of their shots.
The Cardinals will continue their road trip with a game at Drew on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.