WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America men's basketball team played its first game inside the newly-renovated Raymond A. DuFour Center and won a hard-fought battle over St. Vincent, 79-74.
Junior Jimmy Golaszewski played all 40 minutes and netted a team-high 20 points with four 3-pointers and steals. Senior Jay Howard matched his output with 20 points of his own on 9-of-13 field goals. Catholic shot 57.1-percent from the field as a team.
The Cardinals trailed by two at the break, 37-35, as Howard played only six minutes with two fouls.
Catholic stormed back in the second however as they Cards knocked down 17-of-27 shots including 4-of-5 from long range.
With 8:30 remaining in the game, Catholic trailed by one, 61-60, but a jumper by junior Andre Mitchell gave the Cards the lead as they would not trail again.
St. Vincent was able to answer the Catholic baskets four times, tying the game at 69-all, but a layup by Howard put the Cardinals up for good.
Howard, Golaszewski and Mitchell accounted for the final 10 points of the game for the Cardinals, including a 3-pointer by Golaszewski that made it a six-point game with 1:31 to play.
Mitchell finished the game with eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Sophomore center Riley Hayes was strong in 30 minutes with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block while fellow starter and rookie point guard Isaiah Godwin scored eight points with two boards two assists, a steal and a block.
Senior Billy Barnes came off the bench for 23 minutes and notched seven points to go along with five boards, three assists and two steals.
Catholic looks to keep the momentum going on its two-game homestand this weekend when the Cardinals take on Stevens this Saturday, December 9, at 2 p.m.
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