January 26, 2011

CUA to celebrate 100 years of basketball this weekend

WASHINGTON - After racking up its largest margin of victory since 1968, CUA returns to action this weekend with a pair of home contests. On Saturday vs. Juniata, CUA will celebrate its 100th season of basketball, welcoming back a large number of alumni to campus.  During halftime, many of those alums will be honored including, CUA's 1,000-point scorers, Hall of Famers and the 2001 National Championship team.
 
The Cardinals split a pair of games at home last weekend, falling to Scranton 78-68 on January 21 before racing past Moravian 105-58 the very next day.  The win over the Greyhounds marked the first time under Head Coach Steve Howes in which CUA scored 100 or more points and the first time since 2003 in which the Cardinals have hit the century mark. 

Following a 22-point performance in the win over Moravian, senior R.J. Dixon sits just 14 points shy of becoming the 38th 1,000-point scorer in school history.

When the Cardinals score 70 or more points, they usually win.  CUA has hit that mark 10 times this season, and posted a record of 8-2 in those contests.  The Cardinals have not lost this season when scoring 70 or more points at home.

CUA tied its season-high with 14 steals in the win over Moravian.  The Cardinals, who forced the Greyhounds into 29 turnovers that day, outscored their opponent 41-12 in points off turnovers.

CUA looks for revenge this weekend after falling to Juniata on a buzzer-beater and to Susquehanna in overtime earlier this month.

Susquehanna enters the weekend with a Landmark Conference record of 4-3, which puts the Crusaders in a tie for second place along with Drew.  Susquehanna fell to Drew last weekend by a score of 77-72, and then defeated Merchant Marine 76-75.  Overall, the Crusaders have won just once in their last four games and will be on the road for their next four contests.  Spenser Spencer is the team's leading scorer at 13.8 points per game, with J.T. Wilson (13.7), Rob Estep (13.6), and Harvey Pannell (12.1) next in line.  Susquehanna is allowing teams to score nearly 76 points per game this season.

After dropping both of its games last weekend, Juniata enters this weekend riding a two-game losing streak and sits at 3-4 in the conference.  The Eagles were beaten by Merchant Marine and Drew last Friday and Saturday, respectively, including a tough two-point loss in OT to Drew.  Juniata will play four of its final seven games on the road, where it is only 2-4 this season.  Dan Sekulski, who hit the game-winning three-pointer vs. CUA earlier this month, is the team's top scorer at 14.8 points per game, while Alex Raymond joins him in double figures at 11.4 per contest.

For more information on this weekend's games, check out the CUA game notes.

CUA will offer live video and stats of both contests.

Friday's game between CUA and Susquehanna is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.

On Saturday, the Cardinals and Juniata will tip things off at 4.  CUA's SAAC program is sponsoring a Blackout on Saturday and fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.

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