November 29, 2008

Cardinals Down York in Tournament Opener

Cardinals Down York College in Tournament Opener

11/29/2008

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Catholic University men’s basketball team defeated York College (N.Y.) 65-55, in the first game of the Carnegie Mellon Invitational in Pittsburgh, PA.

CUA's strong defensive play was the key to success in the victory Saturday afternoon. York was held to 38.9 percent shooting from the field and 15.8 percent from beyond the arc, while Catholic shot 42.3 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range.

The game was tight early on. A three-pointer by R.J. Dixon (Charlotte, N.C./Cannon School) capped a 9-0 CUA run, giving them a 21-12 advantage with 4:12 left in halftime. The Cardinals would take a 10 point lead into the locker room, 33-23.

In the second half, CUA extended its cushion to 15 points on a three-pointer by Matt Fazzini (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) with 19:14 left in the game. York was never able to get within single digits for the remainder of the game.

Catholic used a balanced scoring attack to earn the win. Jason Banzhaff (Livingston, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) netted a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds and Fazzini finished with 14 points and five rebounds.

The Cardinals (5-1) will now play in the championship game on Sunday against Carnegie Mellon at 3:00 p.m.

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