WHEELING - For the second consecutive season the Wheeling Jesuit men's basketball team will travel south to Charleston for a West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at the Charleston Civic Center. The Cardinals opened the 2012 WVIAC Tournament at the Alma Grace McDonough Center with an 87-66 first-round victory against Davis & Elkins University on Tuesday night, and head south riding a five-game winning streak.
Recardo Gaddy led the Cardinals offense with 21 points while four others notched double-digits. Marquis Moore followed with 17 points and Obi Ukwuoma added 13. Rounding out the double-figure efforts were All-WVC perfromer Steve Catich and Joe Prati with 12 and 11, respectively, while Ben Siefert and Pete Brogdon recorded seven and six.
The Cardinals flew to an 8-0 start as Moore took the opening tip directly to the hoop, finishing with a layup. Siefert followed with a 3-point field goal, and Ukwuoma added a layup and a foul shot before the Senators got on the scoreboard.
After the Cardinals built a nine- point advantage, 17-8, the Senators, began to chip away at the lead and eventually captured control of the scoreboard with 10 unanswered points, 18-17. Prati diffused the Senators attack with a trifecta from the short corner, regaining the advantage a1 18-17
The Cardinals connected with 59.3 percent of their shots, while shooting 47.6 percent from deep. After trailing 17-13 on the glass in the first half, Jesuit evened the contest as the two teams finished with 28 rebounds apiece.
UThe Cardinals are set to play the No. 6 seeded Concord at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center.