Men's Basketball Upsets #21 DeSales, 70-66
WASHINGTON-- After topping the 1000-point mark on Saturday, Jason Banzhaf continued his strong shooting, dropping 17 and grabbing eight boards in CUA's (5-3) 70-66 upset over No. 21 DeSales (5-3) on Wednesday evening at the DuFour Center.
Brian Baker added 15 points for the Cards, going 5-of-6 from the field, including three triples, and a perfect 2 for 2 from the charity stripe. R.J. Dixon added five assists and eight points in the contest.
Brian Hunter and Darnell Braswell each scored 16 for the Bulldogs in the loss. Braswell added a team-high eight boards.
The teams played nearly even throughout the first half, with CUA leading by as many as seven twice but settled on a two-point advantage at the break. The teams each made 10 field goals and three triples in the first half along with the Cardinals holding an 18-17 advantage on the boards. The only determining stat in the first half was the hosts 4-of-4 over the visitors 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
In the second half, it was more of the same until Spencer Reed sparked a 14-3 run that put the Cardinals up 10 with 7:47 left in the contest. CUA maintained that lead throughout the remainder of the game, exchanging baskets and converting 13 free throws in the final five minutes of play.
The Cards held a 37-33 advantage on the boards in the contest, but 22 fouls against DeSales combined with 18-of-23 shooting from the foul line put the hosts on top and earned CUA the upset.
The Cardinals will return to action on Sat. Dec. 19 against Carnegie Mellon at the DuFour Center. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.