January 2, 2013

#9 Cardinals Pull Away from Shoremen for 79-63 Win

Cunningham Scores 17 Points for Shoremen in Loss

WASHINGTON, DC -- Ninth-ranked host Catholic University used a 16-0 second-half run to take control of what had been a close game en route to a 79-63 non-conference men's basketball win over visiting Washington College tonight in Washington, DC. 

The Shoremen (0-12) jumped out to an early double-digit lead as a three-pointer by junior guard Kevin Cunningham (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) gave the visitors a 15-5 cushion with 16:09 to play in the first half. The Cardinals (11-1) outscored the Shoremen, 31-16, the rest of the period to take a 36-31 lead into halftime.

Washington was still within two points, at 46-44, with 13:45 remaining in the second half before Catholic ran off its 16-0 run to open up a 62-44 lead on a lay-up by Bryson Fonville with 8:46 remaining. The Cardinals led by at least 10 points the rest of the way.

Four Cardinal starters scored in double figures in the game, led by Shawn Holmes, who netted 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 8-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Chris Kearney added a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Steve Limberlou chipped in 14 points and seven boards, while Nate Koenig had 13 points and six rebounds. Fonville dished out nine assists in the win.

Cunningham led the Shoremen with 17 points in the loss. Senior forward Charlie McShane (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) added 14 points and a game-high three steals, while sophomore guard Stephen Poarch (Middletown, DE/Sanford School) scored 12 points.

Catholic shot 52% from the field in the game while limiting Washington to 32% shooting.  The Cardinals also enjoyed a 45-29 advantage on the boards.

The Shoremen return to action Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Gettysburg. 

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