Banzhaf drops 24 as Cardinals Fall to York (Pa.), 82-76 in Overtime

Banzhaf drops 24 as Cardinals Fall to York (Pa.), 82-76 in Overtime


YORK, Pa.--
Jason Banzaf led with 24 points and seven rebounds but the Cardinals fell short as host York (Pa.) (2-0) defeated CUA (1-1) in the championship game of the 2009 White Rose City Classic on Monday evening, 82-76 in overtime.

Clay Penecale also finished in double figures with 11 points and eight rebounds. R.J. Dixon had six helpers in the game, while Chris Kearney blocked three shots.

Nick Brady led the Spartans with 20 points and seven rebounds as four players finished in double figures.

Brian Baker opened the game for CUA with a triple, but the lead was short-lived as York took over offensively and took back the early lead.  Throughout the first half the teams alternated small leads before R.J. Dixon cut the hosts lead to five at the break on a triple from Shawn Holmes.

York led for most of the second half as well, but with 3:33 left a Spencer Reed layup knotted the game at 64.  The Cards led by as many as four with 1:54 remaining, but a layup and two free throws with under 15 seconds on the clock knotted the game at 71 and forced overtime.

In the extra session it was all York as the Spartans hit six straight free throws to take the 2009 White Rose City Classic title.

CUA will return to action on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. against Wittenberg in the opening round of the 19th Annual Days Inn Men's Basketball Tournament at Gettysburg College.

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