Banzhaf Scores 20, but CUA falls to Susquehanna
WASHINGTON-- Jason Banzhaf was nearly flawless this afternoon, shooting 6-of-7 from the field and from the free throw line, totaling 20 points, but Spenser Spencer and the Crusaders of Susquehanna (8-6, 1-2 LC) defeated the Cardinals (9-4, 2-1 LC), 76-67.
Spencer played less than 14 minutes, all in the second half, and scored a team-second best 17 points while Hunter McKain added 19 for the visitors.
The teams exchanged the lead only twice in the first half, but neither team pulled away with the largest lead being seven for the visitors. CUA led at the break by six, 37-31, helped by a deep triple as time expired by R.J. Dixon.
In the early part of the second half, CUA maintained a small lead, but with 12:44 remaining, Spenser Spencer began his 4-of-5 from the field, 17-point tear, with a triple to give the visitors a two-point advantage, that they would never give up.
Spencer and McKain helped the Crusaders out to an 11-point advantage with 8:20 remaining with their shooting.
In the final minutes, CUA and Susquehanna exchanged several baskets with the Cardinals never climbing closer than five, with 4:33 remaining.
CUA turned the ball over 19 times with the visitors claiming 26 points off of those turnovers. The Cards were also out rebounded 35-31, including 12-8 on the offensive glass.
CUA will return to action on Tuesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. as the Cardinals will take on Carnegie Mellon. The game is rescheduled from Dec. 19.