Second Half Surge Not Enough for Cards

Second Half Surge Not Enough for Cards
Banzhaf's three falls just short

2/2/2008

MADISON, N.J. - The Catholic University men's basketball team looked to have control of the second half Saturday afternoon against the Drew University Rangers (6-14, 3-6 Landmark Conference). Unfortunately a late comeback from Drew was too much and CUA's final three point attempt hit the front of the rim to give CUA the 66-64 loss. With the loss the Cardinals fall to 2-7 in the Landmark Conference and 8-12 on the season.

The first half belonged to the Rangers as they took a quick lead and didn't relinquish it throughout the first 20 minutes. Although Drew had the lead, CUA managed to keep the game close and even tied it up twice. After tying it with 2:30 remaining Drew went ahead by four but a layup from Danny Quinn (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) in the closing seconds made the score 40-38 Rangers going into the break.

Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) had a team-high eight points in the first as well as three rebounds. Evin Yarbrough (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) each had six for the Cardinals. CUA 13 rebounds and shot 56 percent for the half while committing just four turnovers. The Rangers pulled in 14 boards and also committed four turnovers, they shot 51 percent in the half. Chris Lopez and David Cramer each led Drew with 11 points.

Contrary to the first half, the second was controlled by the Cardinals from the very beginning as R.J. Dixon (Charlotte, N.C./Cannon School) tied it up with a three just seconds in. The Cards scored six more unanswered points and held on until late in the half. With three minutes left, Drew went ahead by one with a pair of free throws. However, once again CUA scored four straight points to take back the game. At 1:48 the Rangers regained control but a three from Banzhaf with 43 seconds remaining tied it for the fifth time. Drew came down and missed a three but Dave Pepperman got the offensive rebound and made the put back. The Cards went down and set up a three for Banzhaf and the freshman took his shot but it hit the front of the rim giving Drew the 66-64 victory.

Banzhaf had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the game. Yarbrough had 13 points and Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) scored 12 as well as four rebounds. The Cards were outrebounded 29-26 and both squads committed seven turnovers. The teams also hit from the field both shooting over 50 percent. David Cramer led the Rangers with 18 points while Pepperman contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Cardinals will continue their road trip with a pair of Landmark Conference games next weekend against Juniata and Susquehanna.

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