Pair of Cardinals named first team All-Landmark Conference
WASHINGTON – Jason Banzhaf and R.J. Dixon were named first team All-Landmark Conference selections on Thursday. The two seniors rank one-two in scoring for CUA this season with Banzhaf the leading rebounder and Dixon the top assist man. This is Banzhaf's fourth straight all-conference selection and third straight first team honor, with Dixon earning his second straight first team accolade.
Banzhaf has had a terrific season for the Cardinals, averaging team highs in scoring (18.5) and rebounding (9.0). He leads the Landmark Conference in rebounding, ranks third in scoring and field goal percentage, and 11th in free throw percentage.
A native of Livingston, N.J., Banzhaf has scored in double figures in every game in 2010-11, with a high of 31 coming vs. Southern Maine in the championship game of the CUA-Residence Inn Greenbelt Classic on January 2. For his efforts Banzhaf was awarded the MVP trophy of that tournament.
Banzhaf, who received four player of the week honors during the regular season, has scored 20 or more points seven times this season and grabbed double digit rebounds on 13 occasions. His 13 double-doubles rank 20th nationally.
With 481 points this season Banzhaf currently ranks sixth in CUA history with 1,762 career points. Banzhaf is also fourth all-time with 845 rebounds, which places him eight shy of moving into sole possession of third place. With his selection to this year's all-conference team, Banzhaf and Scranton's Zach Ashworth become the first four-time selections in conference history.
Dixon has increased his scoring in each of his four years in the red and black, topping out at 15.4 points per game this season. He leads the Landmark Conference in free throw percentage, ranks second in assists, fifth in scoring, sixth in made 3-pointers, and tenth in steals.
Dixon has hit for double figures 22 times this season, including a 21-point effort on January 28 when he became the 38th player in CUA history to score 1,000 career points. The Charlotte, N.C. native now has 1,110 points, good for 26th in school annals.
During Landmark Conference play Dixon was at his best, averaging 17.1 points, including five games of 20 or more. He scored a career-high 28 points, including five 3-pointers, in CUA's game at Susquehanna on January 8.
In addition to his scoring, Dixon has handed out a team best 101 assists this season, which includes 11 games of five or more. His season-high came vs. Scranton on January 21 when he totaled eight. Dixon also leads the Cardinals in steals with 38, having registered at least two in 12 contests.
The Cardinals return to the court on Saturday evening when CUA heads to Pennsylvania to take on top-seeded Scranton in the 2011 Landmark Conference championship game. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. as CUA seeks its first-ever Landmark title.
CUA downed Drew 71-58 on February 23 to capture its first win in the Landmark Tournament. The Cardinals unleashed a terrific second half performance to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit.