Cards Lose 69-62 to Juniata
Three's keep it close for CUA
HUNTINGDON, Pa. - The Catholic University men's basketball team lost a close one 69-62 to the Juniata Eagles Saturday night. Freshmen Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Wes Parker (Germantown, Md./Northwest) combined for 26 points but it wasn't enough for the victory. With the loss the Cards fall to 8-13 overall and 2-8 in the Landmark Conference.
The Cardinals led for the opening nine minutes of the first half thanks to a trio of three's from Banzhaf and one from junior Nick Olivero (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson). However, at 11:50 the Eagles came back and tied it up at 12 which would be their first and last lead of the half as they sustained it throughout. CUA managed to tie it up a few times but could never get back on top. At the break Juniata led 36-30.
Banzhaf led the Cardinals with 11 points in the half as well as a team-high three rebounds. Freshman Chris McGrew (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) contributed six points and two rebounds. The Cardinals had just four turnovers while Juniata had seven but the Eagles did pull down seven more boards.
The Cardinals came out fired up in the second half and quickly took a small lead thanks to more long range shooting from the guards. At 9:44 Juniata tied it up for the sixth time of the contest and once again took over managing to hold every Cardinal advance off. With four minutes left a pair of free throws from Tommy Haselden cut the deficit to two but that would be as close as they would come as CUA fell 69-62.
Banzhaf had 15 points in the game including 3-4 shooting from three, he was also the leading rebounder with eight. Parker added 11 points and McGrew had 10 in the game. Juniata held a slight advantage in almost every statistical category including rebounds 36-31, turnovers 9-11, three-point percentage and hitting from the line. The Cardinals shot 42.6 percent while the Eagles managed 42.4 percent.
CUA will travel to Susquehanna University tomorrow for another conference game. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m.