November 17, 2008

Men's Basketball Starts Out Strong with Pair of Wins on the Road

Men's Basketball Starts Out Strong with Pair of Wins on the Road

November 17, 2008

CRESSON, PA-- The 2008-09 men's basketball squad couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.  A tight game to open, grabbing a two point victory, and then a break out game that saw the Cardinals seperate themselves by 45.

In the opener CUA faced off against Adrian College where a good freethrow and a missed layup were all that seperated the two teams at the buzzer.  Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) made one of two free throws with three seconds left in regulation giving the Cardinals a two-point advantage, 80-78.  Desmond Young's layup attempt failed as time expired and CUA escaped with a victory. 

CUA led by as many as nine in the first half, but saw that lead disappear at the midpoint of the second half.  With 12:32 left in regulation the Cardinals found themself down eight, but rallied with a 19-6 run over the next six minutes. 

Banzhaf finished with 26 points and seven boards, while Darrell Carroll (Perth Amboy, N.J./St. Joseph) finished with 10 points, and Brian Baker (Colts Neck, N.J./Colts Neck) finished with 11.

In the championship game, CUA took on St. Joseph's College- Brooklyn.  While St. Joseph's kept pace for the early part of the first half, CUA took the lead with just over seven minutes left on the clock and never looked back.  Sean Stolzenthaler (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) slammed back-to-back-to-back triples extending the CUA lead to nine with 4:22 left.  At the break, CUA led 46-28. 

CUA outscored its opponents 42-15 in the second half, led by Darrell Carroll who tallied 11 points in the half, and 16 on the day.  The Cardinals shot 47.2% in the second half, while St. Joseph's managed only five field goals and five free throws.  Wendell Manifold accounted for four of the five free throws for St. Joseph's.

For the weekend, CUA shot 51.6% from the field and 65.8% from the free throw line.  The Cardinals also held a 62-46 advantage on the boards including 23 offensive rebounds, and managed a 17-25 advantage in the turnover game.

Sean Stolzenthaler was named to the All-Tournament team while Jason Banzhaf was named MVP.

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