February 3, 2011

CUA looks to continue winning ways in Pa. this weekend

WASHINGTON - Winners of three straight, CUA hits the road this weekend for a pair of matchups beginning on Friday evening at Moravian.  The Cardinals defeated Susquehanna and Juniata last weekend at home and have won their last three contests by an average of 37 points. 

Against Juniata, on a day in which CUA celebrated the 100-year anniversary of its program, the Cardinals put forth one of the finest defensive performances in recent memory, holding the Eagles to 32 points on only nine field goals.  The 32 points are the fewest CUA has surrendered since allowing 22 to Gallaudet in 1964.  Bolstered by its recent performance, CUA enters this weekend sitting in a three-way tie for third place in the Landmark Conference.

During its three-game win streak CUA hasn't just been beating teams, but beating them rather handily.  The Cardinals are holding opponents to 49.0 points on 30 percent shooting, including 26 percent from downtown, and outrebounding teams by 14.0 in those three games.  CUA is also sporting a +7.3 turnover margin during that time.

One area in which CUA has been dominating in during conference play is offensive rebounding.  Against Landmark Conference foes, the Cardinals have pulled down 123 offensive rebounds to only 76 by the opponent.  CUA has led in that category in every conference game, but one (vs. Juniata).

Of CUA's 14 wins, 11 have come by at least 10 points and eight of those were by 15 or more.  CUA's three wins that weren't by double digits have come by a total of just seven points, including a pair of two-point decisions.

CUA's opponent on Friday evening Moravian has dropped three straight contests, including a 105-58 loss to the Cardinals on January 22 in Washington, D.C.  The Greyhounds currently sit in a tie for sixth place in the Landmark Conference at 3-6.  Four Moravian players are averaging in double figures, including Chris Cullen (13.8), D.J. Strayhorn (13.1), Garrett Johnson (11.6) and Blake English (10.2).  The Greyhounds' last win came at Goucher on January 21.

After racing out to a 7-0 Landmark Conference record, Scranton has come back to the pack of late, dropping two straight to reduce the Royals lead over second place Drew to a single game in the standings.  Scranton dropped both of its games last weekend, falling at Merchant Marine and Drew, but the Royals will play three of their final five games at home, where they are 9-1 this season.  Leading the way offensively for Scranton is Zach Ashworth at 19.9 points per game, with Luke Hawk, Travis Farrell and Matt Swaback also scoring in double figures.  Ashworth netted 31 points in the first meeting between these teams back on January 21.

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

CUA and Moravian will get things started at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening in Bethlehem, Pa.  On Saturday afternoon, the Cardinals and Royals will tip their game off at 4.  Moravian will offer live video of Friday's contest, while Scranton will provide live audio and stats.

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