Cardinals set for trip to Pennsylvania for Landmark contests
WASHINGTON - CUA takes its three-game winning streak and hits the road this weekend for a pair of Landmark Conference games, beginning on Friday at Juniata and concluding Saturday at Susquehanna. The Cardinals won the Residence Inn Greenbelt Classic last weekend as they downed CCNY and Southern Maine at home.
Senior Jason Banzhaf was named tournament MVP after averaging 27 points and 10 rebounds in the two games, including a 31-point performance in the championship. Classmate R.J. Dixon joined Banzhaf on the All-Tournament Team after averaging 15 points per game, while freshman Pete Schramm had a pair of solid games with averages of 9 points and 7 rebounds.
With conference play kicking into full-gear this weekend, CUA sits atop the conference statistics in a number of areas, including: scoring defense, field goal percentage defense, rebounding defense, rebound margin, and defensive rebounds.
CUA's defense has been extra stingy this season, allowing only 55.2 points per game, which leads the Landmark Conference and ranks seventh nationally. The Cardinals have held seven opponents below 55 points this season, with a low of 42 in the win over City College of New York.
In addition to defense, the Cardinals have been getting the job done on the backboards, averaging 9.0 more rebounds than their opponents. CUA, which is pulling down 40.6 caroms per contest, currently ranks ninth in America in rebound margin.
Juniata enters this weekend with an overall mark of 7-5, following a 64-56 overtime win vs. Grove City on Tuesday evening at home. The Eagles dropped their Landmark Conference opener to Susquehanna 78-74 in overtime on December 4th on the road. Dan Sekulski leads Juniata in scoring at 14.9 points per game. CUA is 3-4 all-time vs. Juniata, including a perfect 2-0 mark a season ago.
Following an 81-75 win vs. Hartwick on Monday evening, Susquehanna enters the first full weekend of conference action with a record of 5-7. The Crusaders are paced on offense by J.T. Wilson with 14.1 points per game, and he is one of four Susquehanna players averaging double figures (Spenser Spencer, Harvey Pannell, Rob Estep). The Cardinals and Crusaders have split their 18 meetings all-time against one another, including both games last season.
For more information on this weekend's Landmark Conference games, check out CUA's game notes.
The Cardinals and Eagles will get things started at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, while on Saturday, CUA and Susquehanna will start their game at 2. Susquehanna will provide live video and stats of the contest.