Cardinals fall to hot-shooting Rangers on the road

MADISON, N.J. – CUA was forced to settle for a weekend split as the Cardinals (11-5, 2-3 LC) dropped a 90-74 decision at Drew on Saturday afternoon.  Seniors Jason Banzhaf and R.J. Dixon scored 18 points apiece for CUA, but the Rangers (6-9, 2-3 LC) shot 55 percent from the floor and scored 55 second half points to earn the win.

Early in the second half CUA trailed by nine, 42-33, following an old-fashioned three-point play by freshman Pete Schramm.  Drew ripped off a 10-2 run though as the Rangers lead increased to 17 with 15:43 remaining.

An Asmar Capers three-pointer with 12:36 to play pushed the Rangers lead to 22, and a second Capers three less than a minute later again made it a 22-point game at 66-44.

CUA was able to get within 13 following a jumper by Andy Roell with 5:08 on the clock, but the Cardinals could not get any closer as Drew's lead grew to 18 points with under three minutes to play.

Banzhaf pulled down 11 rebounds on the day to give the New Jersey native his eighth double-double of the season, while Dixon led CUA with three assists.  The Cardinals registered 11 steals during the game, led by Banzhaf's three, but CUA turned the ball over 18 times.

Schramm finished with nine points, while Spencer Reed came off the bench to score eight and he added six boards.

Capers was nearly unstoppable during the game as he connected on 11 of 17 shots, including six three-pointers, en route to 41 points, and he was joined in double figures by Mayes (19) and Brown (14).  Brown also pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double and he added six helpers.

The Rangers shot an even 50 percent in the first half and were even hotter in the second stanza, connecting on 58.6 percent.  Drew made 10 three-pointers for the game and shot over 70 percent at the free throw line.

Drew jumped out to a 10-2 lead on CUA five minutes into the contest, but the Cardinals answered with seven straight to get within one.

For the next ten minutes Drew maintained a lead, but the Cardinals were well within striking distance, closing to within 23-22 on a pair of Banzhaf free throws at the 6:22 mark.  Back-to-back three-pointers by Mayes and Brown pushed Drew's lead to seven however, with 4:35 to play before halftime.

After Schramm got inside for a bucket with 1:43 on the clock, CUA was down just six, 32-26, but in the final minute Drew got a free throw from Capers and a Lucas Levenson bucket to take a 35-26 advantage into intermission.   

CUA will be back in action next weekend when the Cardinals play their first Landmark Conference home game of the season on Friday, January 21 against Scranton.  Tip-off from the DuFour Center Gymnasium is set for 5:30 p.m.

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