March 1, 2011

Cardinals and Bison to meet in ECAC quarterfinal round

WASHINGTON - CUA hosts Gallaudet on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Tournament.  The Cardinals enter as the No. 3 seed and the Bison are seeded sixth. CUA is searching for its 20th win, which would be the Cardinals' first 20-win season since 2006-07.  Gallaudet is playing in its first-ever postseason game and its 17 wins are the most in the history of the program, which dates back to 1904.

CUA fell to Scranton last time out in the Landmark Conference championship game by a score of 82-71.  R.J. Dixon scored 20 of his team-high 24 points after halftime and Jason Banzhaf added 17 points and six boards, but it wasn't enough.

CUA is playing in its sixth ECAC Tournament.  The Cardinals won the 1986 South Region championship by defeating Mary Washington and Frostburg State.  CUA last reached an ECAC title game in 2005.

In the last four games CUA's starters have played an average of 31 minutes apiece.  During that time only four non-starters have played double-digit minutes in a game, and in two of the games no Cardinals bench player was on the floor for more than nine minutes.

Gallaudet enters the ECAC Tournament with an overall record of 17-10, which includes a 12-6 mark within the North Eastern Athletic Conference.  The Bison were downed by top-seed Penn State-Harrisburg in the NEAC tournament by a score of 96-91 in overtime.  Gallaudet led by a point with under two minutes to go in regulation before the Nittany Lions surged in front by three with two seconds remaining.  Freshman Tyler Crace then hit a half court shot right before time expired to send the game into overtime, but the Bison ultimately fell short.

Layton Seeber leads Gallaudet in scoring (14.4), rebounding (6.7), assists (140) and steals (56), while Danny Kelly (13.2), Tony Tatum (13.1) and Luther Weedon (11.6) join him in double figures.  Seeber, Tatum and Kelly were selected to the All-NEAC Teams.  The Bison average 75.1 points per game and have scored at least 80 in each of their last three games.

CUA and Gallaudet have met 115 previous times with the Cardinals holding a 97-18 series lead.  The last meeting came in 2007 when the Bison earned a 55-51 win at DuFour Center.  Gallaudet is the first school CUA ever played, with the Cardinals earning a 42-33 victory back in 1911.

In addition to the CUA-Gallaudet game, the other three quarterfinal matchups in the South Region are Marywood at Lebanon Valley, Neumann at DeSales and Wesley at Misericordia.

All four games will be played on Wednesday evening with the semifinals and championship set for March 5 and 6 at the site of the highest remaining seed.

For more information on Wednesday's game between the Cardinals and Bison, check out CUA's game notes.

CUA and Gallaudet will tip their game off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday from inside the DuFour Center.  CUA will broadcast the game live on cuacardinals.com.

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