January 12, 2010

A Trio In Double Figures Lift Men's Basketball to 73-68 Win Over Carnegie Mellon

A Trio In Double Figures Lift Men's Basketball to 73-68 Win Over Carnegie Mellon

1/12/10

WASHINGTON--
Three players scored in double figures as CUA men's basketball (10-4) dropped Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday evening, 73-68.

R.J. Dixon and Jason Banzhaf shared the team lead in points with 16, but a double double for Chris Kearney, 15 points and 12 rebounds, led the CUA attack in the win.

Jack Anderson led the way for the Tartans with 18 points, as he hit his 1000th career point tonight at the DuFour Center. John Duhring led on the boards for the visitors with 9 caroms.

CUA opened the game with a Kearney layup only 11 seconds into the contest and extended its lead to five with 12:18 remaining in the first half. 

Anderson cut the Cardinal lead to one, before Andre Moore hit a layup with 10:18 on the board and gave the Tartans their first lead of the contest. The visitors then extended that lead to as many as six with 2:51 left.

In the final two minutes of the stanza, the visitors fell silent and CUA went on a 8-0 run to end the half with a two-point, 32-30 lead.

In the first half, CUA shot 52.0% from the field, converting 13-of-25 shots and adding five from the charity stripe.

After the break the teams exchanged baskets over the first four minutes before Banzhaf hit a layup with 16:22 remaining and sparked another 8-0 that put the Cardinals up seven, 45-38 with 15:05 left in the game.

CUA extended its lead to as many as 12, but saw that lead dwindle over the final few minutes, until John Duhring cut the lead to three with 4.7 seconds remaining. Duhring fouled Matt Fazzini immediately after the inbound and with 4.1 seconds on the clock, Fazzini went to the line. He missed both shots and with a defensive rebound Anderson had a chance to tie. With no timeouts the Tartans needed to get up court quickly, but a timely steal and layup by Cody Otto sealed the game for CUA.

The Cardinals dominated the inside game, scoring 44 points in the paint grabbing 10 offensive rebounds. The Cardinals also won the turnover battle, handing the ball over only 10 times while forcing seven steals and 17 overall turnovers.

CUA will return to action on Saturday evening at the DuFour Center as The United States Merchant Marine Academy will travel to Washington, D.C., for Landmark Conference action. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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