Madison, N.J. – The Catholic University of America was edged in its Landmark Conference opening game at Drew on Saturday afternoon, 91-83, The loss came in spite of 23-point performances from senior Jay Howard and juniors Andre Mitchell and Jimmy Golaszewski.
It was a hot-shooting affair as both teams were over 49-percent from the field but Drew was able to hold a key advantage at the free throw line and used its defense to force 16 turnovers for the win.
Catholic trailed by just three at the half and was able to take the lead, 50-49, after free throws by Golaszewski.
The teams continued to trade baskets shortly after, but a Drew run gave the Rangers a 72-60 lead with less than 10 minutes to play.
The Cardinals continued to fight however and made it a three-point game at 84-81 after a triple by Mitchell but Drew used seven free throws in the final 57 seconds to take the win.
Howard went 10-of-19 fro the field and added six rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Mitchell was 7-of-9 and went 8-of-10 from the charity stripe with three steals.
Golaszewski came off the bench and was 6-of-8 on his shots, including a 5-of-7 mark from distance. He also added seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
The Cardinals will look to get back on track on Wednesday, December 6 at 5 p.m., when they host St. Vincent in their home-opener.
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