Juniata hands sixth-ranked Catholic first conference loss of season
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata played its best game of the season, upsetting No. 6 Catholic 85-75 at home in the Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The season-high point total came as a result of 51 percent shooting from the floor and a season-high 27 made free throws.
"I thought that was the most complete game we probably played all year," head coach Greg Curley said. "I thought we struggled a little bit the last few games and to come through that way [Wednesday], I'm really proud of them."
Juniata (9-5, 1-2 Landmark) handed the Cardinals their first Landmark Conference loss of the season and ended a three-game losing skid for the Eagles. Catholic dropped to 12-2, 2-1 Landmark with the loss.
Senior Alex Raymond finished with a game and season-high 23 points. He made 8 of 9 from the free throw line and shot 60 percent from the floor. Junior Kevin Stapleton put up 20 points of his own with a season-best eight field goals. He also had a team-high six rebounds.
"They stepped up when we needed it," Curley said of the pair. "I talked about the need for some court leadership and some guys to step up and those guys did it. They are really good players when they come out and attack and feel confident. I'm just happy that we attacked the entire game."
Two other eagles finished in double digits. Juniors Jeremy Hays and Brian Scholly earned 16 and 15 points, respectively. Hays grabbed a game-high three steals and Scholly finished with a career-high five assists.
Juniata scored 24 points off 14 Cardinal turnovers and had a season-low five turnovers to go with 16 assists. The Eagles led by as much as 16 points in the second half.
Catholic's Chris Kearney led the Cardinals with a team-high 20 points.